FDA Recognizes New Apple Watch as Medical Device

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It's not like the Apple Watch will immediately go into panic mode and all emergency services immediately.

A user on Reddit discovered that Fall Detection is only turned on by default if you are above the age of 65. Apple claims that when it detects a real fall, the Watch taps you on the wrist, sounds an alarm, and displays an alert.

In addition to this, several YouTube channels over the weekend posted videos testing the Fall Detector and how hard a fall has to be to trigger it. Given how much Apple advertised that safety feature, some might have expected it to be enabled by default for all.

The teardown also reveals that the Apple Watch Series 4 has a bigger, 291.8mAh battery, a 4% capacity increase over Series 3, and that's despite the Watch being thinner by 0.7mm.

Apple's smartwatch - specifically the Apple Watch Series 4 - can detect what Apple described as a "significant, hard fall ".

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Enabling Fall Detection sounds like a smart idea if you're anxious about taking a spill and needing help. If, however, you've been immobile for a minute, it will begin counting to 15 and if no action was taken after that, it will then call emergency services and emergency contacts you have hopefully set up in the Apple Health app. However, there is a possibility of false positives for active people, and many of them would want to keep the feature disabled.

Earlier this month, the biggest update in the Apple Watch's relatively short lifespan was released in the form of the Series 4.

In the end, accessing the components within the Apple Watch Series 4 is relatively straightforward, and the device earned a respectable 6 out of 10 score for repairability.

The new S4 processor which drives the whole Watch now pops out easily; Apple's practice has historically been to glue down many of its processors.

The Apple Watch Series 4 is priced at $399 for the Global Positioning System version.