With Apple recently announcing that its wearable is the most popular watch in the world, it seems this digital revolution is finally in full swing.
The US technology giant is so convinced about its timepiece it has just announced a fully updated and refreshed Apple Watch that will go on sale later this month.
The Apple Watch Series 4 was announced during the company’s September keynote and it will now got head-to-head with Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch.
That device has also just gone on sale with Samsung boasting that it comes with more power and up to a week-long battery life.
Apple still leads the way when it comes to smartwatch sales and it seems that, once again, the US firm is a giant step ahead of its rivals.
The new Apple Watch Series 4 not only includes a bigger display and much faster processing power but it also now features some life-saving technology.
With improved monitoring inside the device, the new Watch now lets users take an ECG heart reading right from their wrist using a new app.
This works via electrodes built into the Digital Crown and new electrical heart rate sensor in the back crystal.
With the app loaded, users simply touch the Digital Crown and after 30 seconds, receive a heart rhythm classification.
Apple says this technology can classify if the heart is beating in a normal pattern or whether there are signs of Atrial Fibrillation, a heart condition that could lead to major health complications.
All recordings, their associated classifications and any noted symptoms are stored in the Health app in a PDF that can be shared with physicians.
With watchOS 5, Apple Watch also intermittently analyses heart rhythms in the background and sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm suggestive of AFib is detected.
It can also alert the user if the heart rate exceeds or falls below a specified threshold.
Along with this new heart monitoring, Apple has also included something else you won’t find on the Galaxy Watch.
Announced during the keynote, Apple says its new Fall detection technology utilises a next-generation accelerometer and gyroscope, which measures up to 32 g-forces, along with custom algorithms to identify when hard falls occur.
By analysing wrist trajectory and impact acceleration, Apple Watch sends the user an alert after a fall, which can be dismissed or used to initiate a call to emergency services.
If Apple Watch senses immobility for 60 seconds after the notification, it will automatically call emergency services and send a message along with location to emergency contacts.
Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) starts at £399 and Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) starts at £499.
It’s worth noting that Apple says the ECG and heart monitoring will be available later this year in the US only.