The Apple Watch’s ECG (electrocardiogram) functionality has received approval from a Chinese regulatory administration, giving the feature the all-clear to be launched in China.
A new document posted today by China’s National Medical Products Administration indicates that Apple has received approval for an ECG. While the filing doesn’t offer any details about when the feature may launch in China, posts on Chinese social network Weibo, originally spotted by ITHome, indicate that the feature is already live to users of watchOS 8 beta 2.
Wearers of the Apple Watch Series 4, Series 5, and Series 6, can take an ECG by running the ECG app and placing a finger on the Digital Crown. The Apple Watch, using its built-in array of sensors, reads the electrical impulses from the user’s heart. It can detect if the wearer’s heart is out of rhythm, possibly indicating atrial fibrillation.
Apple Watch users in Australia and Vietnam who run watchOS 7.4 on their Apple Watch gained ECG functionality earlier this year.