Apple Releases Electrocardiogram Apple Watch Feature Today, But It's Only For US Customers
When this year's Apple Watch was announced, one of the most significant and most surprising features was the addition of ECG sensors. An ECG or Electrocardiogram measures the electrical signals of your heart and indicates whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation, a severe form of irregular heart rhythm, or sinus rhythm, which means your heart is beating in a regular pattern
This is a significant advancement for technology and health devices as the Apple Watch is the first ever over the counter device to offer this ability.
Yesterday Apple released iOS 12.1.1 and Watch OS 5.1.2 enabling the ECG feature, the only bad thing is its limited to the US only, and there doesn't appear to be a way around the lockout.
During the Beta testing of 5.1.2 users were able to set their region to the USA and the ECG app would show up on the watch, but it appears Apple has removed that hack.
It appears Apple is using the unique device identifier number, like a serial number, of the Apple Watch to know if the watch was sold in the USA and thus turn on the feature. So if you bought a watch in Canada, and use in the USA your also out of luck which is a strange move on Apple’s part.
When asked about international availability Apple said they are working to bring the ECG feature to more countries around the world, but need to ensure the device meets local regulations before doing so.