High-quality heart readings in new Apple Watch

Henrietta Brewer
September 16, 2018

The new Apple Watch Series 4 can detect a fall and if need be summon help.

Several updates have given the watch many more features, like drawing out letters to text rather than speak into the device.

The Watch Series 4 was described as an "intelligent guardian for your health" by Apple's COO, Jeff Williams. New finishes include stainless and gold stainless variations.

In its fourth incarnation, called Series 4 and due out later this month, the Apple Watch will add features that allow it to take high-quality heart readings and detect falls. Having it accessible through the watch could lead to quicker diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase a person's risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

If an irregular heart rhythm is detected, participants in the study are notified through the Apple Watch and on their iPhones and offered a free consultation with a study doctor. The latest series of smartwatches from Apple will be available for pre-orders starting from September 14 and will start to ship from September 21 in 26 countries of the world.

"It's incredible how accessible something like this could be and that you could purchase it on your own and have sort of instantaneous information about your heart rhythm".

Apple has launched a suite of three equally exciting new iPhones that it hopes will broaden demand for its smartphones.

The Series 4 is now equipped with an all-new S4 dual-core 64-bit CPU which Apple claims will make the watch run twice as fast as its predecessor. He was referring to, according to the news site, 'AliveCor's product for detecting atrial fibrillation (AFib), a tough-to-spot heart disorder that manifests as an irregular, often quick heart rate that can cause poor circulation.' His startup employs nearly 50 people and makes ECG testing devices and software, as well as an FDA-approved Apple Watch band and another version of that band that attaches to a smartphone. The research paper was produced to FDA after which, the watch received Class II certification. According to Apple, the screen is a full 30% larger. To take an ECG, the user simply opens up the ECG app and presses their finger to the Digital Crown. But, all kidding aside, falls can be deadly serious, and the fall detection feature in the Series 4 might, in fact, be a life saver. If it receives no response within a minute, the watch will automatically place an emergency call and message friends and family designated as emergency contacts.

Tizen is attractive and well designed, and the circular menus and bezel make us believe that the circular approach is still the best way of interacting with the smartwatch. Apple insists that the improved accelerometer won't be tricked and can easily differentiate a fall from other awkward movements. "But the next "big one" - a success and growth driver on the scale of the iPhone - has not yet been determined".

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