The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant said that it won FDA approval for the watch, and touted the EKG addition as the first EKG product to be offered over-the-counter directly to consumers, according to the report.
To take an EKG, users of the device must press their finger to the watch’s “digital crown” and sensors in the underside of the watch will perform the test, according to The Verge. EKG testing with the watch is expected to take approximately 30 seconds.
The newly unveiled watch also has the ability to detect for atrial fibrillation and other heart rate irregularities, as well as detecting if the user has fallen and remained immobile for a minute after the fall, according to the report.
Last month, reports emerged suggesting that Apple may be looking to develop its own health sensor chip technology.
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