Apple smartwatch slowly evolving into medical device

The iPhone XS Max and XS side-by-side

The iPhone XS Max and XS side-by-side

Apple, an American multinational technology company, is upgrading its smartwatch into a medical device.

The Apple launch event of 2018 unveiled the 3 new iPhones - iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr. This is somewhat similar to the Gorilla Glass that Apple uses on its iPhones, and while it is more scratch resistant than previous iterations, it isn't invincible.

"There are many patients we see that have palpitations or rapid heart rates and we put a monitor on them and the patient returns to the office and states that you didn't capture their symptoms when the monitor was on", Valentine said.

Thanks to this change, the Apple Watch Series 4 is available in 40mm and 44mm sizes.

Apple also added features catering to the elderly, creating a function on the watch that can tell if you've fallen down and call for assistance if you need.

The iPhone XS Max builds upon the success of the iPhone X, which got rid of the home button to make room for more screen. With the widespread appeal of the Apple Watch, he said, that's only likely to increase.

The iPhone X didn't sell as well as analysts anticipated, but fared well enough to help Apple boost the average iPhone selling price by almost 20 percent.

Several updates have given the watch many more features, like drawing out letters to text rather than speak into the device. Home buttons were replaced with screen swipes, taps, and facial recognition capabilities.

Apple didn't immediately say how much the Max will cost, but it's expected to top the iPhone X's $1,000 starting price.

The iPhone XS sports dual 12-megapixel rear cameras
The iPhone XS sports dual 12-megapixel rear cameras

The new Apple watch with Global Positioning System will be available for order on Apple's official website on September 14th and will be introduced in 26 countries. They will also be available in 3 colors for both the aluminum finish and stainless steel finish.

Forget calling stores and pestering employees to ask about the Apple Watch being in stock at Apple Stores or other retailers.

Watch Series 4 can also detect when the wearer's heart rate is dangerously low and when rhythm is irregular, caused by atrial fibrillation. Which includes things like making it possible to use a smartphone to take an electrocardiogram.

Fall detection could also be significant, especially for elderly users. "Identifying a fall may sound like a straightforward problem, but it requires a lot of data analysis", Williams said.

"People are scared; their heart scares them", John Mandrola, a cardiologist at Baptist Health in Louisville, said.

All the data gathered by the Series 4 will be encrypted and stored in the cloud. - "Crossroads" - Research firm CB Insights said Apple is at a "crossroads" a decade after introducing the iPhone.

Apple Watch has managed to stay pretty prominent in the wearables industry throughout its lifetime.

Worldwide, about 48 million smartwatches are expected to be sold this year compared to almost 1.9 billion phones, according to the research firm Gartner. "We are about to hit a major milestone". What we saw of the live demonstration at the keynote event early in September looked fantastic.

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