Apple Watch ECG App Receives Approval in China, Already Working in watchOS 8 Beta 2

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The Apple Watch ECG (electrocardiogram) functionality has received regulatory approval in China, giving Apple the all-clear to launch the feature for Apple Watch users in the country.

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According to a new document posted today by China’s National Medical Products Administration, Apple has received approval for an ECG. The filing doesn’t offer any details about when the feature may launch to Chinese Apple Watch users; however, posts on Chinese social network Weibo, spotted by ITHome, suggest that the feature is already live on the latest watchOS 8 betas.

With the Apple Watch Series 4, Series 5, and Series 6, users can take an ECG by placing their finger on the Digital Crown while they wear their watch. The Apple Watch, using an array of onboard sensors, reads the electrical pulses from a wearer’s heart. The reading, which can be viewed as a PDF through the Health app on the paired iPhone, can detect if a user’s heart is out of rhythm and possibly experiencing atrial fibrillation.

ECG on the Apple Watch most recently launched in Australia and Vietnam as part of the watchOS 7.4 update.

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