Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

Apple has made some upgrades to the other parts of the Apple Watch Series 4 case, too. The next-generation Watch Series will also be available in a gold stainless steel option with matching Milanese band, in addition to the silver and space black stainless steel models. According to Apple, the watch faces are created to interact with the screen with features that bounce off the sides. Apple Watch Hermès colour-blocked bands and exclusive watch faces that shift from one colour to the other with the passage of the minute hand have also been introduced.

And while Series 4 can do the usual things smartwatches do-respond to texts, take phone calls, cue up music-Apple today stressed the health and fitness benefits of its device.

Gottlieb and Shuren pointed to the FDA's digital health action plan unveiled past year, aimed at streamlining approvals for software posing a lower risk than traditional medical devices.

The update for watchOS is huge, and it's shipping to all Watch devices (series 1, 2, 3) next week. With a revamped accelerometer and gyroscope, Series 4 is "ideally suited" to identify both motions, Williams said.

Apple event expected to reveal 3 new iPhones, changes to Apple Watch
Streaming to Apple TV via AirPlay requires an Apple TV (2nd generation or later) with the latest Apple TV software or tvOS. The iPhone XS and XS Max had been all but confirmed in an earlier leak but the iPhone XR is certainly new information.


But perhaps the biggest changes were inside the watch.

Inside the device is the S4 chip with a dual-core 64-bit processor, which deliverers 2x faster performance. The speaker on the Apple Watch is 50 percent louder, to aid with Walkie-Talkie or Siri requests, Williams said.

This new Apple Watch will likely be released within the next couple weeks and will replace the current watch's price points. You can also add specific people or time zones to the watch face. A new watch face can hold up to eight complications, the Apple Watch version of apps, at once. The modular face can now surface more detailed information from stocks and healths apps. It has a bigger screen, and new health-related features-including sensors that enable an electrocardiogram (ECG), as well as the ability to sense when a person is falling (watch out Life Alert!). Williams said the EKG features will roll out later this year.

It can also look for any irregularities with your heart, including the detection of atrial fibrillation. Pricing starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi-only version, and $499 for the cellular edition. It'll also reach out to your emergency contacts.

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