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iOS 12.2 Suggests ECG App May Be Coming to UK and Other European Countries With watchOS 5.2

After installing iOS 12.2, some Apple Watch Series 4 owners in the UK are seeing new ECG screens that suggest ECG functionality will expand to the Apple Watch in the country when watchOS 5.2 is released.

MacRumors readers Sam and Chris have seen ECG setup screens in the Apple Watch and Health apps on the iPhone after installing iOS 12.2. The app is not, however, available on the Apple Watch in the UK right now because Apple hasn't yet released watchOS 5.2, which is likely required for the feature to work.


There's new documentation in the Health app in iOS 12.2 under ECG's "Instructions for Use" that also hints at upcoming support for the UK and other European countries:
  • For US Regions: The ECG app is available on Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5.1.2 or later, paired with iPhone 5s or later or iOS 12.1.1 or later.
  • For non-US regions: The ECG app is available on Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5.2 paired with iPhone 5s or iOS 12.2 or later.
There's also a new CE mark for the ECG feature in iOS 12.2 in the same document, which, as 9to5Mac points out, indicates that Apple may be planning to expand ECG functionality to all European Economic Area countries that use the CE certification mark.




It's not yet clear when Apple will launch watchOS 5.2, but with iOS 12.2 already available, it could be coming in the near future. Apple has not updated the list of countries where ECG features are available, but it could be changed once watchOS 5.2 sees a release.

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17 weeks ago

Good, now all the complaining about US-only release can stop. Wonderful.

The moaning was justified and I also hope it will be over soon.
Rating: 11 Votes
17 weeks ago
I was waiting for this feature to get one, but after many months, I'll skip this one.
Rating: 4 Votes
17 weeks ago
I’ll believe it when I see it.
Rating: 4 Votes
17 weeks ago

Good, now all the complaining about US-only release can stop. Wonderful.


You beat me to it. I like the feature, but will be more than happy when the feature will be available outside the US so that there is (less) complaining. Of course, everyone did know before buying where the feature was available, which was the US.
Rating: 3 Votes
17 weeks ago
OK, if true (about entire European Economic Area), then this is great! Love my Series 4 watch and it would be great to have that ECG functionality.
Rating: 3 Votes
17 weeks ago

The moaning was justified [..]


[..]
He who whines, nothing good comes to him.


Irony?
Rating: 3 Votes
17 weeks ago
Good, now all the complaining about US-only release can stop. Wonderful.
Rating: 3 Votes
17 weeks ago
A new era of Apple where everything is US only.
Rating: 3 Votes
17 weeks ago

This is merely one feature fixed, there is still plenty of other features not released world wide which customers have paid for.
I wonder if an american would keep their BMW if it turned out that the backseat is a feature to be installed in the future...?

That's a nonsensical comparison. Also, you didn't pay for the feature. You paid for the watch knowing that it didn't have the feature.
Rating: 2 Votes
17 weeks ago
It’ll better come to Europe soon.. it was such a big part of the marketing for the new watch, I’ve had it for half a year now and couldn’t use this feature because of European health regulations..
Rating: 2 Votes

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