The Apple Watch electrocardiogram (ECG) capability, which debuted with the Series 4 wearable, has now been formally certified in China. Apple might introduce the functionality with a software update for consumers in the country at any moment now, thanks to the regulatory approval. Meanwhile, individuals in China who are using the second watchOS 8 developer beta can try it out right now.
Apple first unveiled the ECG feature with the Apple Watch Series 4 in the fall of 2018, with the capability becoming available in the United States in December of same year. Apple Watch ECG has progressively been rolling out to new nations over the previous few years, with watchOS 7.4 bringing it to Australia and Vietnam.
The Apple Watch ECG on Series 4 and later could detect atrial fibrillation (Afib), and has been credited with saving lives in a number of situations in recent years.
Apple Watch ECG was approved in China this week, according to the country’s National Medical Products Administration. This gives Apple permission to launch the function at any moment.
ECGs are operating for Apple Watch users in China who are running watchOS 8 beta 2. It’s unknown whether Apple will wait until the fall to deliver the feature to China, or if it would arrive sooner.
Electrocardiograms are available on Apple Watch via the specialized ECG app in watchOS. To activate the feature for the first time, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, go to My Watch > Heart > and press the ECG setup option.