At its recent ‘Time Flies’ virtual event, Apple unveiled the next-generation Apple Watch Series 6 models, along with Apple Watch SE and a few other devices. The highlight of this new smartwatch is that it comes with a feature for blood oxygen monitoring.
During the announcement, Apple had revealed that the feature will be available in selected countries only. Now, it has been confirmed that the Apple Watch Series 6 models in China will have support for blood oxygen monitoring.
Apple had introduced the ECG monitoring feature with the Watch Series 4 but the feature didn’t make it to the Chinese variants. The ECG feature has been limited to certain countries only because of regulatory approvals. So, people in China were hoping that Apple doesn’t follow the same for the new SpO2 monitoring feature.
Given that the blood oxygen monitoring feature isn’t strictly controlled by regulatory authorities, it is possible for Apple to offer the feature is almost every region. Thus, the feature will be available in about 108 countries and regions.
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The blood oxygen monitoring feature takes about 15 seconds to complete the process and the function is accomplished using both red and infrared light. The device is powered by a new S6 processor, which is based on the A13 chipset.
It is running on the latest watchOS 7 which was introduced earlier this year during WWDC. There’s native sleep tracking support, a rebranded Fitness app with new workouts, a hand-washing feature tailored for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, richer complications, and the ability to share watch faces, and more.
The company says that the smartwatch offers 18 hours of battery life, the same as its predecessor. It also comes with support for fast charging which can recharge the device in about one and a half hours.
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