Apple released watchOS 5.2 today, and the update includes the expansion of ECG support to a handful of new countries. With today's expansion, ECG is now available on the Apple Watch Series 4 in over 20 countries and territories around the world.
Since the introduction of the ECG feature of the Apple Watch Series 4 in December, the functionality available was limited to the United States and its respective territories. Since the ECG functionality of the Apple Watch is one of the most useful features of the Series 4, this limitation was a big one.
Apple Watch ECG countries
Today's update to watchOS 5.2, however, reveals ECG and irregular heartbeat notifications are now available in Hong Kong and 19 new countries across Europe. Here are all countries and territories in which the ECG and heart rate notification features are supported by Apple Watch:
- . 19659007] Guam
- Hong Kong
- , 19659007] Switzerland
- United Kingdom
- United States
- US Virgin Islands
The fact that Apple was able to add so many extra countries within just four months is remarkable and should be familiar to users in areas where this is possible to give hope ECG is not yet available. Unfortunately, the delay is mainly due to regulatory approval procedures.
"We've seen the ECG app and irregular rhythm notifications on the Apple Watch in the United States have a significant impact on our customers," said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. "We look forward to making these features available to customers in Europe and Hong Kong and giving them access to enhanced information about their heart health."
For example, with today's rollout to new countries in Europe, the ECG app from Apple Watch and irregular rhyme notification features are now CE marked and deleted. Apple appears to be seeking regulatory approval for each country in which it wishes to release these health functions. In Europe, the feature has been drastically expanded to include new countries through the approval of a single agency. Unfortunately, it will not be easy anywhere in the world.
With today's enhancement, are the ECG and irregular rhythm notification features of the Apple Watch available in your country? Let us know in the comments. See the full list of Apple Watch ECG countries and other features.
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