Apple Shares New Apple Watch Videos on Fall Detection and Heart Health

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today shared additional videos in its ongoing Apple Watch tutorial series, highlighting health-related Apple Watch features that include fall detection and heart health notifications.

    The two short videos are tutorials that are designed to walk Apple Watch Series 4 owners through enabling these features. Each one has quick step-by-step instructions detailing how to turn on settings in the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.

    Fall detection is a feature that is enabled by default for those who are over 65, but younger Apple Watch Series 4 users must enable it manually. Fall detection uses the gyroscope and the accelerometer to detect a fall, and then it contacts emergency services.

    Heart health notifications let you know when your heart rate is too low, too high, or if an irregular rhythm that looks like atrial fibrillation is detected.

    Apple has shared several videos in its Apple Watch tutorial series so far, with the aim of introducing people to all of the features available in the Series 4 models.

    Article Link: Apple Shares New Apple Watch Videos on Fall Detection and Heart Health
  2. thomas040 macrumors member


    Jan 5, 2007
    New York
    This seems so anti-typical Apple> Complicated steps to do a simple thing.
  3. AngerDanger, Apr 11, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Not gonna lie, I'm still pretty sad Tim rejected my concept animation for a fall detection ad:


    Yeah, back in the good old days of Jobs, all you had to do was think a command to your Macintosh, and it'd do it!

    Seriously, go the your settings and adjust the preferences you want. Macs and other Apple products have always been this simple. These are more for the people who need precise directions regardless of how intuitive the steps are. We all know people like that…

    Unrelated: @jclo, both embedded videos are the same.
  4. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    This is a really good thing! It's one of the features that makes the Apple Watch valuable.
  5. redneckitengineer, Apr 11, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019

    redneckitengineer macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2017
    Did anyone else catch the author accidentally linked both videos as the same one....there's not two different videos there.

    Edit: Fixed.
  6. BipolarAnt macrumors newbie


    Apr 9, 2019
    Yep. It's quite obvious.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It’s fascinating to see how when Apple Watch first started in 2015, It was really all about notifications being an extension of the iPhone, and now Apples focus has transitioned to being about the health features. This really is the future for the Apple Watch, is Apple moving forward with features with heart rate monitoring data, move goals, adding features like EKG and even the wheelchair accessibility for the handicap.

    What I would really like to see with the Apple Watch, is a ‘live step counter’ as a complication, that would be a stellar feature to add on.
  8. L-Viz macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2017
    Sensational achievement in the field of astronomy.

    Scientists have tried for years to get a picture of a black hole. Multiple giant telescopes around the world have been synchronised in the hunt for a clear view on a black hole. They finally got their picture. But they just managed to do so after third trial.

    1. Sagittarius A -> way to small

    2. Messier 87 -> still too small

    3. Tim Cooks product pipeline > finally big enough, picture taken...
  9. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    I feel safer with my AW4, no matter what haters say.
  10. Peepo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    I was onsite doing a printer repair and had to use some physical force to jam a part in using left watch hand. Watch started making noise and I looked at it and it thought I had fallen LOL.
  11. PickUrPoison macrumors 601

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    That’s the whole point of the video; for those who need to be shown how to open the watch app and tap heart, now there’s a video that shows it! Some people are visual learners, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

    btw you probably should have watched the video before calling those steps complicated lol. It’s really quite simple!
  12. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Sorry, updated with both videos!
  13. christarp macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2013
    Can you just tell siri to turn them on? If not, why?
  14. Lerxt macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2012
    I recently had a major skiing accident and the fall detection didn’t trigger. Some time later I walked in the front door, gave my dog a vigorous pat, went to the fridge and got a fall detection warning. Go figure.
  15. thomas040 macrumors member


    Jan 5, 2007
    New York
    probably because of legal mumbo jumbo you have to agree to, like it's not a medical device. but you might as well do that by speaking and listening than reading and looking.
  16. lederermc macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2014
    Must have been powder :)
  17. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    True story: I have fall notifications turned on. Apparently there was water and I slipped and fell down the stairs late one night at work a few months ago. There was no fall notification and nobody came to help me as I was screamed out in pain because it was after hours.

    So yeah, it's not there quite yet, I'm afraid. Yes, I'm fine now. I'm still fairly young in my early 30s. Was able to call my wife. Be scared of stairs because holy crap, you don't realize how dangerous they are until you are repeatedly slamming into them. I don't trust the notification now to call emergency services but my wife has had hers go off accidentally while exercising so there seems to be some kind of issue.
  18. Crowbot macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2018
    Actually, the Apple Watch has been "cleared" as a class 2 medical device for falls and a-fib detection. It shouldn't be long before it goes to "approved".
  19. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    lol.. at first i thought these new videos would show people falling from different heights.
  20. BuffaloTF macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2008
    This seems like a very Apple thing to do. They’ve always provided clear directions on how to do things in their website. Either as text or as videos. Microsoft too, for that matter - only theirs is often within programs in the Help section and it’s very verbose.
  21. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    I don't know if you all noticed the elephant in the room for both videos and that is the watch still requires an iOS device to change watch settings.
  22. Scooz macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2012
    I take it off in risky situation and hold up my arm to prevent my watch from getting scratches...

    Seriously, who would dare to fall while wearing such an expensive device?!
  23. Scooz, Apr 11, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019

    Scooz macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2012
  24. PickUrPoison macrumors 601

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    I’m pretty sure it’s meant for accidental falls. iirc it defaults to “on” for users over a certain age, but “off” if younger.
  25. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    Complicated? It’s a couple steps, but it’s not all.

    It’s within the normal operations of a touch device.

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