WatchOS 5.1.2 to Be Released Today Bringing ECG Support to Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4 ECG

Apple has confirmed that WatchOS 5.1.2 will be released later this morning.  The new update will bring the much anticipated Electrocardiogram feature to the Apple Watch Series 4.  It will also bring irregular heartbeat notifications to all supported Watches. The ECG feature was one of the most touted features at the launch of the Apple … Read moreWatchOS 5.1.2 to Be Released Today Bringing ECG Support to Apple Watch Series 4

ECG Reportedly Coming to The Apple Watch Series 4 in WatchOS 5.1.2

Apple Watch Series 4 ECG

The highly anticipated ECG feature of the Apple Watch Series 4 is slated to be released with WatchOS 5.1.2.  The news comes via MacRumors who obtained internal Apple Store training documents.

The documents state that the ECG app will available only in the United States initially as it is a regulated app.  It must be cleared by local health authorities prior to being available in specific countries or regions.  The FDA has approved the feature here in the United States.

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WatchOS 5.1.1 Released – Critical Update for Apple Watch Owners

Apple Watch Face with Notification Dot

Apple has released a critical update for Apple Watch owners that addresses a number of issues.  The update is WatchOS 5.1.1 and it comes a week after the release of version 5.1.  That update brought several improvements to the wearable but also caused a few issues.  The biggest issue was that some Series 4 owners had their watches bricked by the update and had to contact support to get around it.

Thus, we now have version 5.1.1.  This update addresses the bricking issue that some Apple Watch Series 4 owners faced, but also brings a lot of other updates that could be impacting you if you are on a Series 1, 2, or 3 Apple Watch.

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Apple Releases WatchOS 5.1 Without ECG Support for The Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4 ECG

Along side the release of iOS 12.1 and MacOS Mojave 10.14.1, Apple has also released the WatchOS 5.1 update for the Apple Watch series.  While the update brings support for Group FaceTime and some watch face customizations, the big news is that ECG supports has not arrived for the Series 4.

The ECG feature was a much hyped and big selling point of the new Apple Watch when it was released last month.  Leveraging electrodes in the back and Digital Crown of the Series 4, it allows for users to take an ECG. It had been assumed that WatchOS 5.1 would bring the feature.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.

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Latest WatchOS 5.1 Beta Still Does Not Support ECG Feature in The Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4

While the news has generally been positive around the beta releases for iOS, MacOS, and WatchOS, there is one element that is a bit concerning for those who have the Apple Watch Series 4.  The latest beta of WatchOS 5.1, released yesterday, still doesn’t have the software to support the new ECG feature.

To be clear, the physical elements required for the Series 4 to perform an Electrocardiogram are there and have been in every watch that has shipped.  The issue is that there is no software app to support it.  Apple made it clear that support for the feature would not come with the initial release of the watch.  The assumption, however, is that it would be available sometime this year.  That, it seems, is less likely now.

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ECG for Apple Watch Series 4 Still MIA in WatchOS 5.1 Beta 3

Apple Watch Series 4

The latest beta for WatchOS 5.1 has been released to testers and unfortunately, there is no sign of the new ECG app in the release.  The beta, which is only available to developers and is not part of the public Apple Beta Program, is aimed to bring a number of fixes and improvements to the latest Apple Watch as well as supported previous versions.

The Electrocardiogram, or ECG (sometimes referred to as EKG), was a huge point emphasized at the Apple event in September where the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced.  At the time, Apple only said the feature would be coming to the Series 4 later this year.  The assumption has been that WatchOS 5.1 would be the build were it was released.  That, at least for now, doesn’t appear to be the case.

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Some Apple Watch Series 4 Crashing or Rebooting Due to Daylight Savings Bug

Apple Watch Series 4

Multiple reports have surfaced of owners of the new Apple Watch Series 4 having crashing and rebooting issues after Daylight Savings began in both in Australia and New Zealand over the weekend.  The issue, while not impacting everyone and, according to the team over at 9to5 Mac, appears to only impact those who had the large Activity complication active on the Infograph modular face.

Daylight Savings began in Australia and New Zealand at 2:00 am on Sunday (local time) which moved everyone’s watch time up by an hour.  This appears to have caused an issue with the Activity complication and forced the Series 4 watch to go into an endless reboot loop.  This, in turn, drained the battery until the watch would completely shutdown.

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Low Heart Rate Monitoring Not Exclusive to The Apple Watch Series 4

Low Heart Rate Warning on Apple Watch

When the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced last week, three new heart monitoring features were discussed:  Low heart rate monitoring, detection of AFib, and the new ECG feature.  At the time, Apple gave the impression that these features would be on the Series 4 only but, as it turns out, at least one of them is available for previous series too.

If you open up the Heart app on your Apple Watch, you will now see the option to enable and detect low heart rate.  I can confirm that it is available on the Series 3 (see the screenshot after the break) and a friend confirmed that on her Series 2 she has the option.  That means, at least when it comes to this new heart monitoring feature, it is a WatchOS 5 feature, not device specific.

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Apple Introduces The Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4 ECG

The new Apple Watch Series 4 has officially been announced by Apple at the Gather Round event.  The updated watch, powered by WatchOS 5, brings a larger display to the leading wearable device and brings a new electrocardiogram feature along with other improvements found in the new OS.

Available in both a GPS and a GPS+Cellular variant, the new Series 4 is the first Apple Watch to be 64-bit and all of the models now have a ceramic back.  that ceramic back is what allows the new electrocardiogram feature to work.  The watch is approved by the FDA, the first of its kind for a smart watch.

The display of the Series 4 is 32% to 35% larger than the Series 3 and with the new ceramic back allow for radio waves to pass through the front and the back which should improve cellular signal for the Cellular models.

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Times and Ways to Watch Today’s Apple Event From The Steve Jobs Theater

Apple September 12 2018 Invite

The day is finally here!  Today is the big Apple Event at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. While attendance to the event is invite only, Apple has made it very easy to watch the event live so you don’t miss out.  This is going to be a big event so set aside a couple of hours for it if you plan to watch.

First, let’s go over times.  The event is schedule to start at 10:00 am Pacific here in the US.  That breaks down to 1:00 pm Eastern time for those on the East coast.  For those of you in London, the event starts at 6:00 pm.  Here are some further time break downs:

  • Berlin 7:00 pm
  • Moscow: 8:00 pm
  • Beijing: 1:00 am on September 13th
  • Tokyo: 2:00 am on  September 13th
  • Sydney 3:00 am on September 13th

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