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It’s been rewound, but is there more?
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.