Meanwhile, the clearance from the FDA that Apple announced on Wednesday relates to two features: First is that the watch can passively monitor your heart for irregular rhythms and deliver alerts if and when it detects them - this feature is available on all Apple Watch models dating back to the original.
FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said he wanted to encourage companies such as Apple to design medical devices that can help everyday people.
Apple announced a slew of new health features for its Apple Watch on Wednesday, including an FDA-cleared electrocardiogram sensor that is created to alert users to potential problems with their heart so they get to a doctor in time.
"And now with watchOS 5 and Apple Watch Series 4, you can deliver even better user experiences with enriched complications, interactive notifications, access to the Siri watch face, audio controls, and more".
Best Buy and Target both sell the Apple Watch Series 4 and most models are in stock for delivery on Friday September 21st, or shortly after.
The bigger screen, which stretches closer to the edge of the watch, makes the watch easier to use - but Ive sees it as a way to be less glued to our devices.
According to a poll 9to5Mac conducted on readers, the iPhone Xs Max and Apple Watch Series 4 seem to generate the most interest among consumers and are likely the devices that will be pre-ordered the most. In February, the company announced that the watch would track skiing and snowboarding runs, including data on speed and vertical descent.
However, some may feel that, apart from the ECG reader and fall sensor, there isn't enough to distinguish the Apple Watch 4 from the watch it purports to supersede.
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EKGs are important tests of heart health that typically require a doctor visit. The feature gained an onstage endorsement from Ivor Benjamin, a cardiologist who is president of the American Heart Association.
"We need to make sure that the technology can be validated and that it actually translates to changes in outcomes", he said.
It does, however, have much fewer third-party apps available when compared to its Apple counterpart.
The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be released in September.
The latest version of the Apple Watch will have unique features like it measure precise heart readings and detect falls. All recordings get stored in the Health app which can then be shared with doctors. "But the next "big one" - a success and growth driver on the scale of the iPhone - has not yet been determined".
Fall detection could also be significant, especially for elderly users.
The Apple Watch Series 4 will be priced at $399 for GPS-only, non-Cellular, and $499 for Global Positioning System and Cellular. pre-orders start September 14 and go on sale September 21.