2019 Apple Watch: New Ceramic Casing, ECG Support for More Countries

In his wide-ranging research note today touching on Apple's product releases for 2019, Ming-Kuo provided a glimpse at upcoming AirPods, iPads, iPhones, displays and MacBook Pros. Regarding the Apple Watch, however, he had only a brief mention:
ECG supports developed for additional countries. New ceramic casing design added.
Expanding ‌Apple Watch‌ ECG support to other countries is not particularly revealing. Apple has been working to expand access since its launch but regulations may hold up its acceptance in many countries.


A new "ceramic casing design" is the more intriguing rumor. With the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple introduced "Edition" models that were made from ceramic priced starting at $1,299, which it continued offering when the Series 3 Apple Watches were announced. Apple discontinued the Edition models in 2018 with the Series 4 release. Current ‌Apple Watch‌ models do have a ceramic back, but this rumor opens the possibility for Apple to revisit a new high end ceramic model in 2019.

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10 months ago
I hope that means that there‘ll be no series 5 but only new casing options because it would really suck if ECG outside the US would be series 5 exclusive.
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10 months ago
Apple needs to add ECG to Series 4 outside the US first before worrying about the Series 5.
Maybe they can start with their nextdoor neighbour. ('https://twitter.com/govcanhealth/status/1088807132986859520?s=21')
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10 months ago

I hope that means that there‘ll be no series 5 but only new casing options because it would really suck if ECG outside the US would be series 5 exclusive.

If they only allow ECG in other countries on series 5, that would be the ultimate d!ck move
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10 months ago
After owning two ceramic Apple Watches and how they’re basically impossible to resell I don’t think I want another. I had so much trouble selling my Series 3 ceramic that I gave it to my dad instead. The ceramic finish was also very difficult to keep clean. Seemed that a simple wipe didn’t remove sweat marks instead require firm rubbing whereas now with the stainless steel Series 4 it’s very easy to clean with a cloth or sometimes a shirt.
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10 months ago
When ECG gets through each countries regulations, then it will be activated.

If the rumours about non-evasive glucose monitoring becomes reality; will be a game changer.
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10 months ago

It won't happen. The reason why ECG is not approved outside the US has nothing to do with the technology used but rather to do with different rules and regulations on other countries. It is similar to Apple Pay. Apple needs to work with these countries to approve ECG.


I checked with my country's regulator which confirmed that no application was made by Apple.

Same situation as Canada: https://9to5mac.com/2018/12/11/apple-watch-ecg-canada/

It is all on Apple if they haven't even bothered applying
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10 months ago

I hope that means that there‘ll be no series 5 but only new casing options because it would really suck if ECG outside the US would be series 5 exclusive.


It won't happen. The reason why ECG is not approved outside the US has nothing to do with the technology used but rather to do with different rules and regulations on other countries. It is similar to Apple Pay. Apple needs to work with these countries to approve ECG.
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10 months ago

What do you mean? I never see sweat marks on my ceramic white Apple Watch, and it’s always scratchless, compared to the stainless steel Apple Watch I used to own.

I’m not sure if your conflating your own negative experiences with the Ceramic edition with the resale difficulty? Did you try pricing it at 50% or less of what you got it for?


The white ceramic does show sweat marks a lot less. I had the white ceramic in Series 2 (there was no grey) and I had the grey ceramic Series 3. Definitely more noticeable sweat marks. Like grime and stuff a little more effort to clean especially after a workout.

I agree I love that the ceramic is basically indestructible.

I did try pricing less than 50%. Even then it’s still more expensive that a new Series 4 SS making it a hard sell. The cleaning problem is not really a negative experience. Just more effort on a daily basis since I workout everyday and I do sweat throughout the day so it tends to look disgusting after a day of use. But the hard to resell part is really a negative to me. Even the current Series 4 I have right now there is the ceramic part that is in the bottom. It’s disgusting after a day of wearing.

I probably have different sweat composition than you. Then I’d say you’re lucky. Mine really is oily and grimy after a day.

Damn do you think it’ll be hard to sell my Hermès Series 4? I hope not. I mean, I don’t think I would even get rid of it just yet.


For me the Hermès comes with special faces and bands therefore more value. The Ceramic doesn’t looks that special to the regular person so the resell is tougher. In fact I’ve had people tell me mine looks like plastic.
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10 months ago
Busy rumors night!
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10 months ago

I really wish they would go to a round dial face instead of the square.

You can put a round face on the current Watches.
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