Watching an Apple product announcement is always entertaining because of the over-the-top yet understated business theatrics. The sensuality of the images used is evocative and the products are always the hero of the show (and this from a dyed-in-the-wool PC guy -Ed.).
This time Apple (finally -Ed.) announced that it had some long-awaited features in the Apple Watch:
- Heart rate spikes (already in watchOS 4), enhanced with unusually low heart rate detection
- Irregular rhythm symptomatic of atrial fibrillation
- Electrocardiogram creation (ECG or EKG) right on the device
- Fall detection with the option to call emergency services
The heart rate detection and the ECG recording are FDA-cleared. The length of time it took to get these features cleared with the FDA (all the while saying they weren’t going to wait -Ed.) may be part of the reason for the FDA statement last week (see below -Ed.).
There are many stories out there about the Apple Watch and its new health features. We got our information from three at The Verge:
- The 4 biggest announcements from the Apple September event
- Why an Apple Watch with EKG matters
- What the Apple Watch’s FDA clearance actually means