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One of the new features introduced with watchOS 9 this year is AFib History, which lets users diagnosed with atrial fibrillation keep records of their heart rhythm data in order to get deeper insights into their condition. Apple has now expanded the availability of AFib History around the world with the watchOS 9.2 update.
When AFib History was announced back at WWDC 2022, it was expected to only launch in the United States as the feature requires approval from local health regulators. With the official launch of watchOS 9 in September, Apple confirmed that the feature had already been approved in over 100 countries, including Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, South Africa, the UK, and many other countries in Europe.
AFib History coming to more regions with watchOS 9.2
Now with watchOS 9.2, which was released for Apple Watch users earlier this week, the company has quietly enabled the AFib History feature in yet another country. As noted by MacMagazine and also confirmed by 9to5Mac, the feature now works for Apple Watch users in Brazil.
For now, Apple is yet to confirm the expansion of the feature to Brazil, as the country hasn’t yet been added to the official list of supported regions on the company’s website. However, Brazilian users can now enable AFib History through the Health app on the iPhone. According to Apple, these are the requirements for enabling AFib History on the Apple Watch:
- You must have a physician diagnosis of AFib.
- Update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS and Apple Watch to the latest version of watchOS.
- You must wear your Apple Watch at least 12 hours a day for 5 days a week to consistently receive estimates.
- Heart Rate and Wrist Detection must be enabled on your Apple Watch.
- AFib History is not intended for use by people under 22 years old.
Back in September, Apple had also confirmed that AFib History would become available to Apple Watch users in Australia later this fall. However, it’s still unclear whether the feature has also been enabled there with watchOS 9.2.
watchOS 9.2 some features
Alongside iOS 16.2 and updates for iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, Apple is also rolling out watchOS 9.2 for Apple Watch users today. The update includes a handful of notable changes and new features, including Race Route, Crash Detection improvements, and more. Head below for the full release notes.
watchOS 9.2 is rolling out now to all users. You can update on your Apple Watch by going to Settings, choosing General, then choosing Software Update. You can also install the update via the Apple Watch companion app on your iPhone.
What’s new in watchOS 9.2? Here’s the full rundown from Apple:
- Race Route lets you compete against your previous performance in Outdoor Run, Outdoor Cycle and Outdoor Wheelchair Workouts
- New custom Kickboxing algorithm in the Workout app for more accurate metrics
- Noise app displaying when environmental sound levels are reduced now available with AirPods Pro (1st generation) and AirPods Max when using active noise cancellation
- Family Setup users can be invited to the Home app to control HomePod speakers and smart home accessories, and unlock doors with home keys in Wallet
- Accessibility support to visualize when Siren is in use on Apple Watch Ultra
- Improved response time and accuracy of hand gesture controls for AssistiveTouch and Quick Actions
- Crash Detection optimisations on Apple Watch Ultra, Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE (2nd generation)
- Fix for bug that causes display of incorrect watch time immediately after dismissing an alarm in Sleep Focus
- Fix for bug causing interruptions to mindfulness sessions