The Apple Watch Series 4's ECG feature is now available to US users (UPDATE: Not really)
Prior to announcing the Series 4 models, Apple was granted approval by the FDA which essentially makes the watch the first ECG wearable on the market. The company did confirm that the feature wouldn’t be available immediately but did promise to introduce it in the near future. Now, that day is finally here as the Cupertino-based giant has begun activating the feature across Apple Watch Series 4 models as part of the WatchOS 5.1 update that is rolling out right now.
As previously confirmed, the feature will only be available to US consumers for the time being – Apple is reportedly hoping to bring the feature to Canada eventually. But as revealed by a report yesterday, enabling the feature in other markets could actually be quite simple. After all, as the hardware is identical, activating it could be as simple as changing the wearable’s region. That is unless Apple has implemented further software restrictions, of course.
Aside from the ECG feature in the US, WatchOS 5.1 introduces support for Group FaceTime via FaceTime Audio alongside a set of single color watch faces. The update also includes more than 70 new emoji characters.