This device - the Apple Watch Series 4 - is unlikely to be reimbursable on your insurance plan, but maybe it should be.
Cupertino-Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday in a bid to bolster its spot in the premium smartphone market, along with an upgraded smartwatch that takes electrocardiograms and detects falls. The first of these was the Apple Watch Series Four, the fourth generation of Apple Watch with a sleeker design, a larger display screen, more emphasis on visuals and detail, and better communications and activity features (you can read a complete breakdown of the Apple Watch Series 4 here).
The Series 4 has become one of the highlights of the recently concluded Apple "Gather Around" event where the watch was publicly introduced together with the other latest Apple products. Apple doesn't release sales figures, but estimates from twoanalysts suggest the company shipped roughly 18 million of the gadgets in 2017. When this is compared with Samsung or Google smartwatches, it has been seen that they perform well.
Many fitness trackers and smart watches have heart monitors, but their accuracy varies, and simple heart rate does not always convey much useful medical information. They are created to catch irregular heart rhythms that may not necessarily show up during a medical exam but that can signal serious heart risks. Some Apple fans said that with such a timepiece on his hands has not come out solemnly to fall into bed after a hard day's work, or fall in passion with his lover on the floor, as each time the device will call the ambulance. In February, the company announced that the watch would track skiing and snowboarding runs, including data on speed and vertical descent.
Apple's new watch has already attracted the requisite "I've fallen and I can't up get up" quips. Particularly, the Hermes Watches are now all above £1,000 in price.
Improved sound clarity- By changing the location of the speaker and boosting its capability, the Apple Watch 4 boast clearer and better sound quality. In addition to the EKG readings, which simply monitor the heart's functions, the watch can detect irregular heartbeat rhythms and let users know about it.
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All recordings and any noted symptoms are stored in the Health app and can generate a PDF that can be shared with health care experts.
"I've had to tell patients: Just take off the Fitbit and don't look at the data", said Gregory Marcus, a cardiologist and director of clinical research in cardiology at the University of California San Francisco.
The heart health features will tell users if they have any signs of risky conditions like atrial fibrillation, but the FDA was explicit in saying that the watch and its functions should not replace traditional tests at hospitals.
When it comes time to pair your Apple Watch Series 4 with your iPhone, you'll need to use the Apple Watch app for iOS. It also includes sensors that can detect a fall and delivers an alert and calls emergency services if the user doesn't respond move for one minute after a fall. The app has been gaining traction as of late and allows Apple smartwatch owners to talk with each other.
Beginning September 14, Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) will be available to order in 26 countries and territories and Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) will be available to order in 16 countries and territories.
Apple says it monitored some 2,500 people - measuring how they fell off ladders, missed a step while walking or got their legs caught in their trousers while getting dressed.