Apple’s advanced heart-tracking feature is now available in more markets
A critical part of Apple’s (AAPL) latest US smartwatch release, the Apple Watch Series 4, has been the ECG (electrocardiogram) feature, which launched last year. Apple’s advanced heart-tracking features have already helped save several lives, as it alerts users if it detects abnormal heart activity.
Apple is now launching ECG functionality for users based in 19 European countries and Hong Kong through its latest WatchOS 5.2 update.
People who own the Apple Watch Series 4 will now be able to enable ECG readings through the Health app on their iPhones. All users have to do to get an ECG reading is open the ECG app on their watches and place their index finger in the crown. The smartwatch will record the reading and their heart rhythm and send it to the Health app on the iPhone.
Apple’s smartwatches remain popular
Apple’s smartwatches have been a style statement among younger users in the past. However, Apple’s advanced heart-tracking feature on its latest smartwatch has helped it gain popularity among US senior citizens.
Apple dominates the smartwatch segment globally. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple had a 50% market share in the smartwatch segment globally in 2018, selling 22.5 million units—up 27.1% from the previous year.
The Apple Watch has helped boost Apple’s revenue. However, the Wearables, Home, and Accessories segment, to which the Apple Watch belongs, still represents a very small portion of Apple’s total revenue. During the first quarter of fiscal 2019 (which ended in December 2018), the segment generated $7.3 billion, up 33.3% from the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.