Apple confirms Apple Watch ECG function to roll out in Canada

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in Apple Watch edited May 24
Apple on Friday confirmed plans to activate Apple Watch Series 4's ECG feature for users in Canada after receiving approval from the country's regulatory body, though the company failed to disclose a specific timeline for launch.

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The ECG app's upcoming arrival in the Great White North was confirmed by Apple in a statement issued to The Canadian Press.

An Apple spokeswoman said the company is working to bring Apple Watch Series 4 heart health functionality to Canada "as quickly as possible," but failed to detail when, exactly, that would occur.

Confirmation arrives three days after Health Canada granted Apple a pair of licenses for ECG-related Apple Watch functions.

Specifically, the company was issued license numbers 102864 and 102866 relating to an "ECG App" and "Irregular Rhythm Notification Feature," respectively. While the ECG app is restricted to Series 4 hardware, irregular heart rhythm notifications can be obtained from data gathered by the optical heart rate sensor available on older Watch models. The features have been available in other regions for months.

A Health Canada representative confirmed it issued two licenses to Apple and directed further questions to the company, the report said.

Previous reports claimed Apple has been working to secure regulatory approval in Canada since at least September, though Health Canada in December said it had "not received an application for Apple Watch Series 4."

Apple's ECG app launched in the U.S. in December, more than two months after Apple Watch Series 4 went on sale. Access to the function was later extended to Europe and Hong Kong with the release of watchOS 5.2 in March.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    JWSCJWSC Posts: 438member
    Well someone break out the Labatts.  🍺 
    toysandmewatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    riverkoriverko Posts: 66member
    Czech republic silently added - or did i miss the previous report? 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    ivanhivanh Posts: 353member
    ECG devices alone should be an inexpensive IoT range of products soon. $20? Premier priced Apple Watch can’t sustain survival in this emerging market.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,151member
    ivanh said:
    ECG devices alone should be an inexpensive IoT range of products soon. $20? Premier priced Apple Watch can’t sustain survival in this emerging market.
    Well, good thing to the Apple Watch does a lot more than just ECGs
    lolliverwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 7
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,657member
    ivanh said:
    ECG devices alone should be an inexpensive IoT range of products soon. $20? Premier priced Apple Watch can’t sustain survival in this emerging market.
    Cheap junk has never been a problem for Apple before. 

    Look at all of the super cheap junk iPad copies that came out, and look at where they are today. They're dead.

    Same thing for phones.

    There will always be cheaper junk available, and Apple has nothing to worry about with the Apple Watch. Cheap junk is not a threat to Apple. They're not even competing in the same space. 
    edited May 25 chialolliverjony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 7
    fabo1fabo1 Posts: 2member
    When's Australia going to get it?
    lolliverwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 7
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,657member
    fabo1 said:
    When's Australia going to get it?
    That's probably up to the health authorities and the govt there. I guess it depends how fast things move down under. 
    watto_cobra
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