Apple has officially released watchOS 5.2, adding ECG support to the Apple Watch Series 4 in Hong Kong and 19 European countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom alongside adding compatibility for Apple’s second-generation AirPods.
As confirmed by The Apple Post earlier today, the update sees Apple expand the availability of the ECG app for the very first time, allowing owners of the Apple Watch Series 4 to perform an electrocardiogram to show whether their heart rhythm indicates signs of atrial fibrillation, a serious form of irregular heart rhythm, or a normal sinus rhythm.
A full list of the new 19 European countries receiving the app hasn’t yet been published by Apple, but within an official press release shared to the Apple Newsroom, Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer said “We’ve seen the ECG App and irregular rhythm notifications on Apple Watch have meaningful impact on our customers across the United States. – We are excited to bring these features to customers in Europe and Hong Kong, giving them access to empowering information about their heart health.”
In addition to the ECG app, watchOS 5.2 allows owners of the second-generation “Hey Siri”-enabled AirPods to connect their earbuds with any Apple Watch Series 1 or above. The update also sees Apple add support for real-time text (RTT) for phone calls.