Apple Watch ECG gets green light in China: report
Beijing: China officially approved Apple Watch’s electrocardiogram (ECG) function which first arrived with the Series 4 wearable.
The regulatory green light means Apple could launch the feature with a software update for users nationwide at any time.
Meanwhile, those running the second beta from developer watchOS 8 in China can try it out now, 9To5Google reported.
The company announced its ECG feature with Apple Watch Series 4 in fall 2018 with the capacity roll-out in the United States in December 2018.
Apple Watch ECG has slowly continued to roll out to more countries in recent years, with Australia and Vietnam winning it with watchOS 7.4, according to the report.
Apple Watch ECG on Series 4 and later can detect atrial fibrillation (Afib) and has been shown to be accurate enough to have saved lives in many cases over the past few years.
Spotted by MacRumors, China’s National Medicines Administration revealed that the Apple Watch ECG had been approved in the country this week.
This gives Apple the green light to launch the feature at any time, according to the report.
Notably, ECGs work for Apple Watch users in China (via ITHome) who are running watchOS 8 beta 2.
It’s unclear if Apple will wait until this fall to bring the feature to China or if it will happen sooner.
EKGs work in watchOS through the dedicated ECG app on Apple Watch.