Apple releases ECG Apple Watch app in Australia

article thumbnail

Apple Watch users in Australia are now able to use the ECG feature, following regulatory approval from the region's health authorities.

More than two years after it was introduced to the States in the Apple Watch Series 4, customers in Australia are now able to use Apple's ECG feature.

"Apple Watch has helped so many people around the world, and we are humbled that it has become such an important part of our customers' lives," said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, in a statement. "With the release of these heart features [in Australia], Apple Watch takes the next step in empowering people with more information about their health."

"Data collected by Apple Watch could be used to help diagnose atrial fibrillation early," said Bill Stavreski, General Manager for Heart Health and Research at the Australian Heart Foundation, in the statement.

"While AFib often leads to a poorer quality of life, many people have no symptoms or they might ignore occasional symptoms," he continued. "This means the problem might not be found until serious consequences, such as a stroke, occur, so early diagnosis can lead to a better outcome."

Apple says that the feature has been enabled in Australia "with the latest iOS and watchOS software updates." It requires the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Series 5, or Apple Watch Series 6. ECG is not available on either the Apple Watch Series 3, or Apple Watch SE, both of which Apple currently sells.

Follow all the details of WWDC 2021 with the comprehensive AppleInsider coverage of the whole week-long event from June 7 through June 11, including details of all the new launches and updates.

Stay on top of all Apple news right from your HomePod. Say, "Hey, Siri, play AppleInsider," and you'll get latest AppleInsider Podcast. Or ask your HomePod mini for "AppleInsider Daily" instead and you'll hear a fast update direct from our news team. And, if you're interested in Apple-centric home automation, say "Hey, Siri, play HomeKit Insider," and you'll be listening to our newest specialized podcast in moments.