Apple Watch Series 4 ECG limited by region, but use can be enabled outside U.S.A.

“One of the new features of Apple Watch Series 4 is the ability to take an Electrocardiogram of the user’s heart through a series of new sensors on the back of the device and on the revised digital crown,” Guilherme Rambo reports for 9to5Mac. “Since this feature requires regulatory approval by health authorities, Apple Watch ECG will roll out to users in the United States first, where Apple was able to get clearance from the FDA.”

“Looking at code within iOS related to the ECG feature, we’ve been able to confirm that its limitation to the US will be based on the software region of the user’s devices (iPhone and Apple Watch),” Rambo reports. “By being based on the region, users will be able to get access to the feature by changing the region on their iPhone and Apple Watch, similar to how other features such as Apple News can be enabled on unsupported countries.”

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MacDailyNews Take: This is as expected but definitely good to have confirmed.

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