Market Insight

Apple Watch 4 Impact on PERS

September 14, 2018  | Subscribers Only

Blake Kozak Blake Kozak Principal Analyst, Smart Home and Security Technology
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On September 12th, 2018, Apple provided a first glimpse of the new Apple Watch, Series 4. Overall, it has a larger screen (35% larger on 40mm and 32% larger on 44mm), haptic feedback, a louder speaker, longer battery life and more watch faces. As it relates to the smart home, digital health and senior living, fall detection has been added, which means if a fall is detected, emergency services or a family member can be notified. The watch can also detect low heart rate as well as heart rhythm. This means the watch could help detect atrial fibrillation. Lastly, the watch boasts a built-in electrical heart sensor, which allows users to take an electrocardiogram (ECG). By taking an ECG, users can store the information in the Health app to share with healthcare providers.

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