Apple Watch owners will be able to save more chunks of their medical history, track their heart condition, and update their doctors according to the latest updates applied to the Watch operating system in WatchOS 9.
However, the upgrade does not apply to anyone who purchases the most affordable Watch model, the Series 3. This is due to the technical requirements of the entire WatchOS 9 upgrade, which Apple will only promote on recently launched high-end models. Years including Series 4, 5, 6, SE and current flagship 7 devices.
The new AFib history feature was initially available in the United States, but may later be deployed in Europe by tracking the frequency of abnormal cardiac rhythms, also known as atrial fibrillation (AFib). It aims to build a medically useful profile of a person’s potential heart problems. ), Over a long period of time.
According to Apple, users diagnosed with AFib will be able to turn on the AFib history feature to access information, including an estimate of how often the user’s atrial fibrillation shows signs of AFib. According to Apple, this is designed to give you deeper insight into the condition of AFib. Users then receive weekly notifications to better understand their frequency and get a detailed history in the Health app, including lifestyle factors that may affect AFib, such as sleep, drinking, and exercise.
This feature is licensed for use by US FDA regulators and may require similar approval in Europe.
Apple adds that users will be able to download a PDF containing a detailed history of AFib and lifestyle factors and share it with doctors and other healthcare professionals.
In addition to this, Apple is adding a new app called Medications that aims to help people track the medicines and supplements they are taking. This app, which works with the Health app and can also be viewed on your iPhone, allows you to set schedules and reminders.
Apple claims that all of this sensitive personal health data remains encrypted when it’s on your device and when it’s backed up to iCloud.
Otherwise, the WatchOS 9 update includes many new fitness features that are of interest to runners, swimmers, and regular trainers.
There are new metrics such as stride length, ground contact time, and vertical vibration added to your workout view. These can also be viewed in the Fitness App Overview and Health app.
You can also compete with the best or final results and get alerts about how your pace is progressing compared to other performances.
Swimmers, on the other hand, can now better calculate their strike counts in combination with the time it takes to swim the length of the pool.
Also, the workout app has been updated to allow you to rotate between workout views using the watch’s digital crown. You can now create a “heart rate zone” to monitor your workout intensity. There are also new alerts such as pace, power, heart rate and cadence.
In addition, triathletes now have access to new multisport training that automatically switches between swimming, cycling and running training sequences.
WatchOS 9 also has some new Watch faces such as Lunar, Playtime (by artist Joi Fulton), Metropolitan, and Astronomy.
When it comes to sleep tracking, WatchOS 9 is another step towards more sophisticated sleep trackers like Fitbit and Garmin, including heart rate sensor and accelerometer details for REM and deep sleep. The Sleep app helps you compare charts such as heart rate, breathing rate, sleep time, etc. in the Health app.
However, all of this isn’t available for Series 3 models that Apple still sells. It’s unusual for an entire software update to completely skip products that Apple is still shipping.