Video: AppleThe Watch Series 5 adds a built-in compass that can discern which direction you're facing, just like the iPhone.Apple also showed off two new titanium models of the Watch, a light brushed style and a "space black" option.
Apple announced new health and fitness features for its wearable that make the Apple Watch uniquely powerful as a personal monitoring tool. Beginning this fall, Apple Watch will track your activity trends over time, help protect your hearing by alerting you to harmful levels of ambient noise, and allow users to track their menstrual cycles.
The new Inspire wristband, which starts at $70 and goes up to $100 for a model with heart-rate tracking, is an interesting evolution of its predecessor, the Fitbit Alta.
Apple knows this, and, as part of an effort to make the Apple Watch a more alluring accessory for iPhone owners, the company is focusing intently on building advanced heart-rate monitoring into its best-selling wearable.A software update rolling out today will include an optional app for Apple Watch Series 4 that takes ECG (electrocardiogram) readings through the new device's specially designed sensors.
"At the same time, those of us who work in this field are looking at each other saying: Do you see the can of worms we might be opening here?"AppleWhat he means is that even if the Apple Watch's heart-monitoring features are accurate, it's not obvious that screening for AFib in millions of undiagnosed people will do more good than harm.
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It wasn't long before healthcare providers starting using them to examine patients with no symptoms or family history of cardiovascular illness.There's no exact numbers on how common preventive ECG screening is in the US, but according to a recent editorial in the Journal of American Medicine, ECG examinations of asymptomatic patients had become regular features of annual physicals by the early aughts—until professional societies ran cost/benefit analyses on the practice and started advising against it.One of those societies was the US Preventive Services Task Force.
Apple Watch 4 Adds ECG, EKG, and More Heart-Monitoring CapabilitiesIf you ever wondered what the Apple Watch is really for, that's no longer a question—at least, not for Apple.The new Apple Watch Series 4, revealed by Apple earlier today, underscores that some of the watch's most important features are its health and fitness-tracking functions.