Next-gen Apple Watch might feature an advanced heart monitor

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Apple Watch 2
Although the Apple Watch already features heart monitoring capabilities, the tech giant headquartered in Cupertino is currently testing a smartwatch that sports an EKG capable of detecting some cardiac problems before they become serious.
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Detecting heart beat irregularities in time can often save lives, but most smartwatches that feature a heart monitor do not include advanced EKG tech. According to insiders familiar with the matter who talked to Bloomberg Technology and chose to remain anonymous, Apple's next-gen smartwatch might feature an advanced heart rate monitoring module.

To activate the EKG function, the Apple Watch prototype that is currently undergoing various tests requires its users to squeeze the frame with two fingers from the hand that is not wearing it (not that doing it with the hand that also wears it is something that can be done easily). After receiving the command, it passes an imperceptible current across the user's chest and tracks the electrical signals in the heart. This way, cardiac abnormalities such as irregular heart rates can be discovered in a timely manner, so the user can take the needed steps required to minimize the risk of a stroke and a (usually deadly) heart failure.

In the end, what should be clear is that Apple is only testing this technology for now, so depending on quite a few variables, they might simply decide not to include it in any future products. However, even if this happens, it is very likely that the results of these early tests will be used to improve future products and technologies.

When contacted by Bloomberg for an official confirmation of the story and maybe some more details, Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette declined to comment.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-12-22 (Update: 2017-12-23)
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.