ECG functionality coming to Europe and UK in watchOS 5.2

ECG functionality coming to Europe and UK in watchOS 5.2

ECG  (electrocardiogram) is one of the biggest additions to the Apple Watch Series 4. Indeed, Apple Watch owners now can take an electrocardiogram, which gives them a detailed picture of their heart rhythm. However, the ability to take an ECG was not fully ready when the 4th-gen Apple Watch launched to the public.  In December 2018, Apple released watchOS 5.1.2 that introduced new emoji, color watch faces, and ECG feature. Basically, the ECG functionality works perfectly on the Apple Watch Series 4 through electrodes built directly into the back of the wearable. However, the ECG feature is only available to Apple Watch owners in the US.

At Apple’s March event, the Cupertino firm announced iOS 12.2 software update. The update focuses on bug fixes and performance boost. However, it also suggests that the ECG app will expand to the UK and Europe this year. In reality, the ECG feature will require iOS 12.2 and watchOS 5.2 for non-US users.  To take an ECG on an Apple Watch Series 4, simply open the Health app, then select “Electrocardiogram (ECG)” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. Some Apple Watch owners are getting the prompt to set up ECG. We are expecting to see a wider rollout of the ECG app in the coming months.

Sources say that the ECG app will be better and smarter when watchOS 6 releases this year. The next generation watchOS will be announced at this year’s WWDC event in June. Apple has not specified when it will take place, but we are expecting the event to kick off on June 3.

Alongside watchOS 6, Apple will unveil iOS 13 and new macOS. Rumors and reports about the next generation iOS have been out there for months. A reliable source recently claimed that iOS 13 will include better support for third-party apps and smarter Siri. At Apple’s WWDC, we are also expecting a cheaper HomePod, a new MacBook Pro, and an iMac Pro. Apple once confirmed that a new iMac Pro is on the way this year. Apple has a lot of things to plan for its new products this year as its iPhones are showing signs of slowdown on the market.

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