Watch this space

It’s been re­wound, but is there more?

Mac|Life - - FEATURE -

With a case re­design and built–in ECG, 2018 brought the Watch’s most sig­nif­i­cant changes yet. Out­side the US, the big­gest news in 2019 will be if the elec­tro­car­dio­gram fea­ture ac­tu­ally works: reg­u­la­tory ap­proval of what’s classed as a med­i­cal de­vice is still pend­ing in the many parts of the world.

There are other med­i­cal ad­di­tions Ap­ple would love to make (see right), but they’re un­likely to emerge within the next year. On the soft­ware side, how­ever, watchOS and the Health plat­form have plenty of room for im­prove­ment to make ex­er­cise track­ing more ac­cu­rate and in­tu­itive. Fa ce off Although it’s the best– sell­ing smart­watch, the Watch’s un­com­pro­mis­ing tech–prod­uct form fac­tor cedes part of the mar­ket to round–faced ri­vals like Sam­sung’s Galaxy Watch and Fos­sil’s Smart­watch, which ap­peal to buy­ers who won’t com­pro­mise on tra­di­tional time­piece style. But hav­ing lightly re­vamped the ex­ist­ing case, it’s un­likely Ap­ple will re­lent.

One thing we can hope for is more 4G net­work op­tions. but we can't en­vis­age sup­port com­ing for non– Ap­ple phones.

Ex­pect more health smarts for the Ap­ple Watch in 2019.

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