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

Joshua Bennett
September 17, 2018

The risk here being the misreading of a user's heart rate, which isn't as likely to be fatal like you'd see with a subpar device in a higher risk category.

According to Apple's chief operating officer Jeff Williams, the Apple Watch Series 4 aims to be your "indispensable communication and fitness companion".

The new Apple Watch with Global Positioning System alone will be available for pre-order in 26 countries and territories beginning Friday, September 14.

"The tech that Apple is working with is very rudimentary compared to what we'd do for someone in a hospital or health care setting", says Moore.

Last November, in collaboration with the Stanford University School of Medicine, Apple launched an Apple Heart Study app that used the heart rate sensor inside the Apple Watch to collect data on irregular heart rhythms consistent with Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, a leading cause of strokes. The Apple Watch Series 4 features an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor.

The analyst expected the line-up to be a hit, pushing up the average selling price of Apple smartphones. The feature gained an onstage endorsement from Ivor Benjamin, a cardiologist who is president of the American Heart Association. You get the feeling that even the iPhone's more interesting features, like augmented reality, are probably just warming up consumers for some future Apple smart glasses.

Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen said the feature could turn smartwatches "from something people buy for prestige into something they buy for more practical reasons". The new series is also thinner than the other Apple Watches, and you can customize the watch to what you need, add different times zones and the speaker has been re-designed to be 50 percent louder.

The second, for the Series 4 only, is the ECG feature - which you, as the wearer of the watch, have to manually activate through the Digital Crown.

The heart rate data can easily be shared with doctors with a PDF file. The new device also comes with an improved gyroscope and accelerometer. The median USA household income rose for a third straight year in 2017 to the highest on record since 1967 by one measure, government data showed on Wednesday. The Watch complications are also able to deliver more information on the screen. With the widespread appeal of the Apple Watch, he said, that's only likely to increase. If it receives no response within a minute, the watch will automatically place an emergency call and message friends and family designated as emergency contacts. The company says it protects your privacy by encrypting the data on your devices and online through iCloud.

Daniel Kivatinos, the co-founder and COO of Sunnyvale, California-based startup DrChrono, which produces an EMR platform for Apple devices, countered by saying Apple's relentless focus on the customer experience has already provided the pathway to wide scale usage in healthcare.

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