FDA approves heart monitor in new Apple Watch

FDA approves heart monitor in new Apple Watch

Alternatively, customers can also pick up in Watch 4 in stainless steel case or a new gold stainless colour.

Cellular signals also get a boost thanks to some fiddling with the watch's new ceramic rear, so you can gabble into your watch like a nutty Power Ranger. Cellular models with aluminum cases and a sport band will start at $499 for a 40-mm Watch and $529 for the 44-mm version. Both models will be available for sale from September 21.

The new Apple Watch will be launched with an edge-to-edge screen and ECG support, the company has announced at an event in San Francisco. The back of the device is now made out of a ceramic material, which allows for better reception for the Global Positioning System and cellular radios.

The feature "is really a game changer as the first wearable device with this feature", Evercore ISI analyst Ross Muken wrote in a note to investors.

Shares of fitness device rival Fitbit Inc fell about 3.7 per cent after the Series 4 announcement. The Series 4 is big - even the smaller version - and it's noticeable. It is powered by the new dual-core 64-bit S4 processor, that the company says offers two times faster performance. It has been optimised for phone calls, Siri and Walkie-Talkie. The microphone has been moved to the opposite side of the device to keep it away from the speaker (to cut down on echo). However, the actual volume of the watch is slimmer than the Series 3.

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The Watch Series 4 boasts a significantly larger screen, over 30% larger than previous generations, too - and it is also thinner than previous models. Apple showed existing faces like Breathe and new faces like Fire, Water and Vapor that show more accessible information on user's wrist.

Another new feature that has been introduced to Series 4 is the ability to detect a fall. The ECG feature will initially only be available in the US. Apple has designed some new watchOS faces that can display as many as eight "complications" at once, including combinations of different time zones, pictures of close friends or family that users can tap to quickly message, watchOS' activity rings, music, heart rate, air quality, UV index, weather, and much more. Normal rhythms will be described as "sinus" rhythm, and the Watch will also classify irregular rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation.

Interested in Apple? Add Apple as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Apple news, video, and analysis from ABC News. If it senses you're immobile for more than a minute it starts informing emergency services. It'll also reach out to your emergency contacts.

"We're thrilled Apple Watch has become an essential part of peoples' lives".

The new Series 4 Apple Watch has several unusual new features in addition to the anticipated larger screen, including a heart rate monitor capable of taking an electrocardiogram (ECG) and another that detects falls.

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