Apple releases watchOS 5.1.2 with the ECG app for Apple Watch Series 4

Apple now leads the smartwatch market with more than 60 percent share. Apple has been improving its smartwatch lineup since the day one to take on rivals out there. This year, Apple announced the fourth generation Apple Watch with a slew of improvements and changes. The release of new Watch is expected to help Apple retain its number one position in the smartwatch industry.

One of the biggest features coming to the Apple Watch Series 4 lies in electrocardiogram (ECG). Specifically, you can take an ECG with your smartwatch and your recordings will be stored in the Health app, so you can share them with your doctor. However, the feature was not fully ready when the Watch released in September. Apple promised to add it to future updates. True to its words, Apple finally releases the ECG feature to the public alongside the rollout of watchOS 5.1.2 update.

Specifically, the new update focuses on performance boost while fixing bugs and errors. Apple says that all compatible Apple Watches need to be at least 50 percent charged to perform the update. Besides, the update will not support the original Apple Watch on the market. To update an Apple Watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone, then hit Settings and hit General. After that, select General, hit Software Update and install any available updates.

In reality, Apple Watch 4 is one of the first wearables with an ECG feature on the market. To make sure that things run smoothly, Apple integrated electrodes in the back crystal in the digital crown. All you need to do is to open the ECG app and put your finger on the digital crown.

The update also brings heart notifications to older Apple Watch models. Specifically, you will get an alert if your Watch detects any irregular heart rhythm and from that alert, you will get suggested solutions. Apple is expected to add more features to its Apple Watch 4 in the coming months. One such feature lies in a better support for third-party apps. In reality, Apple’s smartwatch lineup can work smoothly with third-party apps, but there are still a lot of restrictions imposed on developers.

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