Apple Watch Series 4 to Get ECG Support with WatchOS 5.1.2 Update

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Apple had promised to bring the ECG (electrocardiograms) support to its Apple Watch series 4 when it launched its new lineup of iPhone including the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR back in September.

Now according to a new report from Macrumors which claims that they have obtained an internal Apple Store training document which reveals that Apple will be bringing the ECG support soon with its upcoming WatchOS 5.1.2.

However, the report didn’t reveal an exact that when the latest WatchOS 5.1.2 update will start rolling out to users. It looks like the new ECG support will come in the form of an app, which will allow users to check the sign of their heart rhythm of atrial fibrillation.

The obtained document also lists the minimum requirement for an iPhone 5s or later running iOS 12.1.1. To use the new ECG feature on the Apple Watch series 4, users will need to put a finger on the Digital Crown while wearing the watch.

Now the system will take around 30 seconds to read the user’s heart rate and will determine whether their hearts are beating in a regular pattern or if there are signs of atrial fibrillation.

The document also states that the ECG app is regulated and only be available in regions which have been allowed to use it. Initially, the update will only be available for users in the United States.

The ECG support feature is said to be coming before the end of this year, but it’s unclear when WatchOS 5.1.2 will be released.


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