Apple Watch Series 5 Will Bring ECG functionality to More Countries According to a New Report

The first edition of the Apple Watch was released back in 2015, and it certainly has come a long way since then. The main goal of the Apple Watch was to enhance the uses of an iPhone while also providing the user with some additional new features, and Apple did do a great job with their watch.

Apple Watch Series 5

It was already known that Apple was working on another Apple Watch, we just didn’t know the specifics of the device. Today, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was detailing some information that could appear in Apple’s upcoming 2019 iPhone XI. He also talked about what can be expected from the new Apple Watch which will be released this year. Kuo claimed that the high-end ceramic version could be making a return with the next edition of the Apple Watch. However, there will be a completely new ceramic casing design.

But the most important feature which was talked about was the ECG feature. ECG (Electrocardiogram) is a test which measures the electrical activity of your heart to show whether or not it is working normally. The ECG feature was included in the Apple Watch Series 4. However, it was only available for users based in the US. Kuo briefly mentioned that through the Apple Watch Series 5, the ECG feature will be made available to additional countries.

Why was the ECG feature only introduced to US-based users?

When the ECG feature is introduced to any kind of device, it becomes a “medical device.” Many problems arise due to this. These type of devices are regulated by completely different laws, which creates a huge hassle, requiring many additional types of certification and tests. As the current moment, we have no idea where Apple is targeting to expand the feature, however, many reports claim that Canada could be the first country outside the US to acquire the ECG feature. You can read more about the ECG feature here.


Murtaza Islam

Murtaza is a Computer Science student who takes immense interest in mobile technology. He believes the future of computing lies in smartphones because ARM architecture will eventually take over. He also loves to tinker with ROMs and kernels keeping up with the latest in smartphones.
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