Apple's new smartwatch can only monitor your heart in the US

Joanna Estrada
September 24, 2018

Earlier this month, Apple took the covers off the latest iteration of its Watch lineup in the form of new Series 4 models, with reduced bezels and increased screen sizes.

Overseas customers looking to get the new Apple Watch, and keen on the new ECG feature shouldn't worry, though. It's not like the Apple Watch will immediately go into panic mode and all emergency services immediately. The company claimed that the fall detection feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 will automatically detect a fall and call their emergency contact if they did not move in an hour.

It's the work of Apple's in-house creative team and, like all Apple ads, comes with a banging soundtrack to boot, this time courtesy of Young Fathers' techno track Toy. And when the countdown ends, a message will be sent to the user's emergency contacts as per his/her Medical records. This may suggest that the feature could still require some further refinement to avoid false positives being triggered when used by the general population in varying scenarios.

In addition to this, several YouTube channels over the weekend posted videos testing the Fall Detector and how hard a fall has to be to trigger it. For other users, the feature needs to be turned on manually by going into the Emergency SOS settings under the My Watch Tab menu. And here is something that Apple doesn't reveal.

According to an Apple support page spotted by a Reddit user, the Fall Detection feature is enabled automatically if you have set your age as 65 years or older on the Apple Watch or in the Health app.

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