One of the biggest selling points of the Apple Watch 4 may be accessible for the first time in the UK and other European countries in the near future.
After installing iOS 12.2, some Apple Watch Series 4 owners in the UK are seeing new ECG screens that suggest ECG functionality will expand to the Apple Watch in the country when watchOS 5.2 is released. The ECG setup screens in the Apple Watch and Health apps on the iPhone after installing iOS 12.2. The app is not, however, available on the Apple Watch in the UK right now because Apple hasn’t yet released watchOS 5.2, which is likely required for the feature to work.
Those in the US were able to gain access to the feature with watchOS 5.1.2, which came out in December last year.
Exactly when watchOS 5.2 will be launching or what countries will gain access to the ECG feature are currently unclear, but it had been heavily suggested Apple would focus on Europe after the US got the update.
How much longer other regions will have to wait is unknown. We hope to get an update on progress for markets such as India and Australia in the coming weeks.
The long wait has been down to regulatory issues for the feature, but it seems Apple may have now overcome them for its first market outside of the US.