What you need to know
- New Zealand, Chile, and Turkey are all getting ECG support.
- Apple Watch wearers will get the watchOS 6.2 update next week.
- The feature allows wearers to carry out an ECG on-demand.
Apple has announced that Apple Watch wearers in New Zealand, Chile, and Turkey will be able to take advantage of the ECG feature once watchOS 6.2 is made available next week.
The announcement was made via a press release, with no indication as to when the update will arrive other than "next week".
The ECG feature has already been proven to save lives in countries where it was already available, and by bringing it to three new countries Apple will hopefully be allowing users to detect issues that they didn't know were there. The more that happens, the more able to seek the medical help required.
Wearers of Apple Watch Series 4 and newer will be able to take the new feature for a spin once they have updated to watchOS 6.2. I'd suggest doing exactly that, too.
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