Apple has officially released watchOS 5.2 for Apple Watch customers around the globe. What makes this update significant is ECG is now available for Apple Watch Series 4 users in Hong Kong and 19 European countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Here’s everything you need to know about the update.
Earlier today, 9to5Mac reported that watchOS 5.2 would be available to all users later in the day, and it’s now available. The update comes two days after Apple released iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 to users.
In addition to ECG being available outside the United States, this update also brings Apple News Plus support, real-time text (RTT) for phone calls, and AirPods 2 support. You can read the full release notes here.
Apple says the ECG app received “CE certification and cleared in the European Economic Area with clinical trials showing that the ECG app on the Watch delivered a 98.3% sensitivity in classifying atrial fibrillation.”
According to the press release, ECG requires an Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone 5s and later, iOS 12.2 and later, and the user must reside in either “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, or US Virgin Islands.”
Apple makes it clear that ECG cannot be used, or cannot be relied on to “detect a heart attack, blood clots, a stroke or other heart-related conditions including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol or other forms of arrhythmia.”
The update is available now, or soon-to-be-available in the Apple Watch app. Go to Apple Watch App > General > Software Update > and click Download and Install.