Reports suggest that the Apple Watch ECG app may be released in Europe alongside the latest iOS 12.2 update. Documentation relating to the update hints at potential European availability for Series 4 users of the Apple Watch. If the app were to be released, it would certainly enable a major hardware feature that has been sat dormant for the entirety of 2019.
The documentation in question covered ECG “instructions for use” and offers an insight into Apple’s potential plans. It can be found within the Health app in today’s iOS 12.2 release.
Such notes can be found by navigating to Health > Health Data > Heart > Electrocardiogram (ECG) > About > Instructions for Use. This is a section on app set-up. This addition is said to be a recent change as Apple is currently in the act of beta testing watchOS 5.2.
A new CE marking found within the document indicates a compliance with European Economic Area (EEA) regulations. The EEA extends European Union consumer market rules to Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. This extension of rules suggests that the regions in question might also receive ECG support in the foreseeable future.
The ECG app debuted alongside Apple Watch Series 4 last September. The unveiling of the app endorsed clearance it received for the feature from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The tech giant took three months to roll out ECG to Watch users in the U.S. Following its release, fans have praised the feature as life-saving technology. The Watch’s ability to detect signs of atrial fibrillation has been credited to saving numerous lives thus far.