Apple Watch Series 4 Unveiled: Here's What's New

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Meanwhile, the clearance from the FDA that Apple announced on Wednesday relates to two features: First is that the watch can passively monitor your heart for irregular rhythms and deliver alerts if and when it detects them - this feature is available on all Apple Watch models dating back to the original. Apple at the iPhone event on Wednesday announced that the base variant of the Apple Watch Series 3 will now be available in the USA at $279 (roughly Rs. 20,100). Here, Apple continues to exploit the fact that, although there are plenty of much cheaper yet perfectly capable smartphones available, iPhone fans are still willing to pay handsomely for the company's handsets.

Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.

A chief objective for the heart rate monitor inside earlier Apple Watch devices was to help calculate calorie burn.

Want to take more surveys. "I think that it will also need the imprimatur of the patient's physician for that to happen, at least in the short term".

Also new to the Apple series is accident detection.

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Apple has rapidly gained share in the watch market, with connected technology research firm CCS Insight estimating that the tech giant will come close this year to matching worldwide sales of Swiss-made watches, which had shipments of 24 million units in 2017. One user said: "you cannot fall now!"

This doesn't meant that the Apple Watch, even in its fourth iteration, is a ideal device.

One potential question mark surrounds false positives. He said such real-time data would change the way doctors work. The US FDA has already granted approval for the Series 4 Watch to be considered a medical device. "In many cases it's just another flow of information coming out of left field".

"It's too early to tell from a public health perspective whether the costs will outweigh the benefits", Marcus said.

The Apple Watch 4 has a wrist sensor that can monitor its wearer's heart rate, and thanks to new studies, it's been proven the device can identify a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib for short.

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The watch, sold in the United States from USD399 and up, will be available in stores on September 21. Apple has also provided ECG functionality through an electrical sensor and an all-new digital crown that has haptic feedback support. The company has unveiled several new iPhone.

The basic ECG feature on the Apple Watch might just be sufficient for most people, but the complete lack of the feature in other parts of the world is definitely going to disappoint a lot of customers.

It's a sentiment that have given some observers confidence in the company's more medically focused competitors, like iRhythm Technologies, whose ZioPatch device is widely used for cardiac monitoring.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Apple's chief design officer Jony Ive described the Apple Watch as "unambiguously the most personal product we make" and went on to sketch out how that might evolve: "The clues for the future are when you can have a high degree of confidence that you personally are connected to the net - not your phone, you", he said.

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