Apple Watch Series 4 launched with ECG support: Price, specifications and features

Apple executive Jeff Williams announces the Apple Watch’s new heart tracking features on stage at a special event Wednesday

Topol noted that a similar product - AliveCor's Kardiaband, a band for the Apple Watch - offers EKGs and received FDA clearance a year ago.

The Apple Watch Series 4 is a beast.

The Watch's own heart is a new system-in-package (which Apple confusingly refers to as a "silicon-in-package" chip) called the S4. Despite being bigger, the casing for the Apple Watch Series 4 is smaller than previous models.

This guide will help you decide if you want to pre-order the Apple Watch 4 so you get it on day one, or if it is a better idea to hold off and see how this first major change to the Apple Watch design handles in the real world. The larger display allows for more complications and shows more information at the glance.

New dynamic watch faces interact with the side of the display.

The Apple Watch does bring some upgrades, but the biggest and most important is to that display. Apple's received clearance from the FDA - the US Food and Drug Administration - for both its heart rate monitor and the ECG technology. Another is that the digital crown is now providing haptic feedback when turned, presumably to make it feel more natural, as if you're turning an actual mechanical element.

Apple executive Jeff Williams, head of the company's Apple Watch efforts, announced from the stage that the Apple Watch will track things like atrial fibrillation, or abnormal heart rhythms, giving consumers access to an around-the-clock tracker to follow heart problems.

And these are just stand-out features.

Shares of fitness device rival Fitbit Inc fell about 3.7 per cent after the Series 4 announcement.

With two of them starting at $999 or higher in the United States, Apple appears to be taking advantage of a strong USA economy, low unemployment, and rising household wealth. "We learned that with falls, there is a repeatable data pattern". Now, it can detect if you slip -and it can differentiate between a fall and a slip - and offers an SOS button so that you can make an emergency call from your Watch. When paired with watchOS the fall detector will ask if you are alright. If Apple Watch senses immobility for 60 seconds after the notification, it will automatically call emergency services and send a message along with location to emergency contacts. With the screens pushed to the corners to perfectly match the watch, the new screens on the Apple Watch Series 4 will be 30 percent larger than the Series 3. Despite the physical overhaul, Apple still managed to wedge in a battery that will remain consistent with the Series 3's 18 hours of usage on a charge.

Along with the three aluminium finishes anodised in silver, gold and space grey, Apple Watch Series 4 will also come in a gold stainless steel with matching Milanese band, joining the silver and space black stainless steel models.

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