As it seems Apple has gained clearance for the ECG app for the Apple Watch Series 4. According to the Health Canada database, ECG and irregular heart rate rhythm notifications are listed being approved as of the 16th May. The listings were first reported by the iPhone in Canada blog.
According to the listings, the ECG app for Apple Watch Series 4, will be launched in Canada, perhaps in the next iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3 update.
Every Apple Watch Series 4 has the ability to launch an ECG, from the backside sensor area, but software access to the feature is limited. Due to the medical association, Apple must receive regulatory approval before being able to launch the electrocardiogram analysis in each region.
Apple expanded its available regions with the latest release of watchOS 5.2, bringing the ECG app to 19 European countries, watchOS 5.2.1 continued this trend, enabling ECG features to Apple Watch customers in Croatia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Poland and Slovakia.
Apple has previously said that it aims to bring the ECG to all Apple Watch Series 4 users worldwide, but has never mentioned any release timeframes. Naturally, getting regulatory approval is a big indicator that a launch is imminent.
It seems like Canadians will get the ECG app when the next watchOS update comes out. WatchOS 5.3 went into beta last week; it will probably be released publicly in June or July.
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