The ECG functionality will be enabled on Apple Watch Series 4 in the published version of watchOS 5.1.2, currently in…
The ECG functionality will be enabled on Apple Watch Series 4 in the published version of watchOS 5.1.2, currently in beta testing, according to an internal Apple Store training document obtained by MacRumors.
watchOS 5.1.2 will contain an Apple-designed ECG app that can indicate if your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation, a serious form of irregular heart rhythm or normal sinus rhythm. Apple Watch Series 4 can generate an ECG similar to an electrocardiogram with a lead, according to the FDA.
ECG and other heart data are collected in the Health app on a parade iPhone. Apple’s document lists a minimum requirement of an iPhone 5 or later running iOS 1
2.1.1, currently in beta or later.
To take an ECG reading from Apple Watch, users must place a finger on the digital crown while wearing the watch. The reading is done in 30 seconds, allowing users to determine if their hearts hit regular patterns or if there are signs of atrial fibrillation.
Apple Training Document indicates that the ECG app is regulated and available only in regions cleaned for use. The app will initially be limited to the United States, where Apple has received FDA approval, but the Apple Watch Series 4 models sold worldwide include the electrical heart rate sensor for future expansion.
Apple Store employees are instructed to advise clients that the ECG app is not “intended to be a diagnostic device or to replace traditional diagnostic methods” and “should not be used to monitor or track disease states or replace drugs without first talking with a doctor “, according to Apple’s document.
Apple promised that the ECG app will be available later this year, but it is unclear when watchOS 5.1.2 and iOS 12.1.1 will be released. watchOS 5.1.2 has been in beta testing since November 7, while iOS 12.1.1 has been in beta testing since October 31, so both software updates should be released relatively soon.
A separate Apple training document obtained by MacRumors suggests that irregular rhythm messages will also be enabled in watchOS 5.1.2 on Apple Watch Series 1 through the Apple Watch Series 4 models.
The ECG app will not be available on previous-generation Apple Watch models, including the original through Series 3.