Apple Watch EKG features now available in Europe & Hong Kong with watchOS 5.2 update

At last.

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Apple is enabling its electrocardiogram (EKG) reading feature for Apple Watch Series 4 owners in Europe and Hong Kong today. The iPhone maker previously launched the EKG feature in the US in December, after making it a big part of the Apple Watch Series 4 that was originally introduced back in September. Apple is delivering the EKG functionality to regions outside of the US with its latest watchOS 5.2 update, including 19 countries in Europe and Hong Kong.

Apple Watch Series 4 owners will be able to enable the EKG reading through the Health app on their iPhones. To take an EKG, you open up the EKG app on the Watch and rest your index finger on the crown. The Apple Watch then records an EKG and your heart rhythm, and stores it in the Health app on your iPhone. You can then create a PDF report to send to your doctor with the results.

Another feature of this update is the inclusion of new exclusive Apple Watch Hermès faces. Owners of the designer Apple Watch will see a new gradient style Hermès watch face in two colors: Cherry/Sakura and Bleu (pink and blue). And just like the other Hermès Apple Watch faces for the Series 4, these will adapt based on where the hour and minute hands are.

The full list of countries where ECG is available:

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, US and US Virgin Islands

watchOS 5.2 release notes:

This update includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes:

  • ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 now available in Hong Kong and some regions in Europe. For a list of available regions, visit:

https://www.apple.com/watchos/feature-availability/

  • Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Hong Kong and some regions in Europe. For a list of available regions, visit:

https://www.apple.com/watchos/feature-availability/

  • Adds support for AirPods (2nd generation)
  • Supports real-time text (RTT) for phone calls

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/HT201222

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