Apple Watch Series 4 ECG feature may stop working outside the U.S.

ECG e AppleCare - iOS 12.2 beta 5

We have news in iOS 12.2 beta 5 – and, unfortunately, not so good.

As we know, the feature ECG, of the Apple Watch Series 4, for the time being it was launched only in the United States. However, even if you are in another country, you can perform an electrocardiogram on the watch in a good way – as long as the watch was purchased in the USA. We explained everything about the feature in this video.

But Apple intends to change that behavior. At least that’s what the last two beta versions of iOS 12.2 indicated, as reported by Brazilian developer Guilherme Rambo. In an article for the 9to5Mac, Rambo explained that the feature always works based on the place of purchase of the watch, it is only necessary to confirm your date of birth and follow the instructions on the screen to set up the ECG on the Apple Watch.

A change in iOS 12.2 beta 4 that continues in the fifth test version, however, added a new phrase in this configuration step that seems to make all the difference. It says, «During setup, your location will be used to ensure that this feature is available in your region.» They then tried to set up an iPhone without a SIM card installed, but the following error message appeared: “We were unable to confirm your location. Make sure your iPhone is not in Airplane Mode and has a working SIM card to continue. ”

It remains to be seen, now, if the resource will ask for your location only at the time of the ECG configuration or if it will perform this verification with a certain frequency. Regardless of the scenario, this is bad news for Brazilian and Portuguese users.

In addition to this change, in iOS 12.2 Apple decided to show important information in Settings »About (and that is still a new way for the company to earn extra change): the warranty status of the device product.

The feature is still “off”, but it seems that Apple intends to turn the key when iOS 12.2 is released to everyone – perhaps allowing people to buy an AppleCare (extended warranty) from that information, without the need having the Apple Store app installed.

A few days ago, we commented on the possibility of Apple launching a credit card in the USA in partnership with Goldman Sachs; in addition to the card, the Wallet app would also receive some news – basically a new interface similar to the Activity app, in which users must complete the rings to reach some financial goals.

Wallet interface similar to the Activity app

THE 9to5Mac found evidence in iOS 12.2 beta 5 that corroborates such information. As we can see above, the interface has a mechanism that, in addition to displaying information to the user, has a control that allows numerical values ​​to be defined. Obviously, this interface and this control are still under construction and, therefore, unfinished.

Rambo also stated that some iOS components responsible for the AirPower charging interface have undergone changes in this beta, suggesting that Apple is still working to leave everything in the bag. Is there still a chance that it will be released at the March 25 event, as speculated? We’ll see…