Apple Watch ECG app gets regulatory approval in China

The electrocardiogram (ECG) feature baked into the Apple Watch is one of the more health-focused elements of the smartwatch. But, before it can actually be used by owners, it has to gain approval by required regulators. For customers in China who have been waiting for this particular feature, it looks like that wait is almost over.

As first reported today by ITHome (via MacRumors), the Apple Watch has officially picked up regulatory approval in China for its ECG app. China’s National Medical Products Administration recently published a document detailing the approval of the app. Unfortunately, that same documentation does not tell us when Apple plans on launching the feature in China, now that it has earned approval.

However, as noted in the original report, Apple Watch owners who are trying out the latest developer beta are posting on Weibo (a local social network) that the feature is live in the second watchOS 8 beta. That could indicate that Apple Watch customers may need to wait until watchOS 8 launches later this year. Or, it’s possible that Apple could switch it on earlier, depending on the company’s plans.

The ECG app is available in the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Series 5, and Apple Watch Series 6. With it, owners can quickly and easily take an electrocardiogram reading by simply placing their finger on the Digital Crown (while wearing the watch on their wrist). The app aims to detect many heart rhythm irregularities, and can notify the user of such things. Including atrial fibrillation.

Resource: How to use the ECG app on Apple Watch

After taking an ECG reading, users can see the collected information in the Health app.

As soon as we know more about this feature’s impending launch in China, we’ll be sure to pass it along.