Apple Watch’s ECG feature won’t arrive in Brazil anytime soon

Apple Watch's ECG feature won't arrive in Brazil anytime soon

One of the great news of the Apple Watch Series 4 it was undoubtedly the ability to perform an electrocardiogram directly from your wrist. Once the smartwatch was launched, however, the ECG it was only available on watches purchased in the United States. This is because, as we have already explained a few times, the resource needs to be approved by the regulatory agencies of each country (FDA in the USA, Anvisa here in Brazil, etc.) to be released – as the company is American, in its homeland everything is more «easy».

Recently, with the arrival of iOS 12.2 and watchOS 5.2, they painted more news related to ECG. The first was the expansion of the resource to several European countries (including Portugal) and Hong Kong. The second has to do with the functioning of the ECG itself: before, it was enough to buy the Apple Watch in a country with the free resource for everything to work; now, in addition to checking the origin of the clock, the system checks your location at the time of configuration to see if you are in one of these countries (if not, nothing done).

In short: if you live in Brazil, you basically can no longer use the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG (unless you buy the watch in one of the countries already supported and activate the feature before returning from travel). And the tide of bad news doesn’t stop there.

In contact with the National Health Surveillance Agency, the MacMagazine found that Apple still didn’t even order of ECG regularization here in Brazil. In addition, we were informed that after the request, the approval process (if everything is correct, which should be the case since the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG has already been released in more than 20 countries) takes about three months.

Conclusion: do not wait for the resource to arrive in Brazil before the WWDC19 (in June), when Apple will present iOS 13 to the world. In this way, the chances of seeing the ECG reaching us still on watchOS 5 decreases – after all, it is most likely the company will take advantage of the launch of iOS 13 and watchOS 6 to make a new expansion.

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