Apple Watch 4 fall detection disabled by default

The inside of an Apple Watch Series 4

Enlarge iFixit opens up the Apple Watch Series

There's one ad specifically for the Apple Watch Series 4, while the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have to share one, just as you might expect. While it's said to work accurately, it is important to know that the feature is not automatically enabled unless you're 65 years of age or older.

On Thursday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview that the USA regulator wants to make it easier for other companies to follow Apple's lead in integrating products like the Apple Watch's heart monitor into new consumer gadgets. It also states that a physically active person might trigger the feature more often when undertaking intense high impact activites. Ultimately, it looks like the fall detection mode on the Apple Watch Series 4 can only be triggered (falsely) when one bangs their hand pretty hard on the ground. The Cupertino-based tech firm adds that "Apple Watch can not detect all falls". 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.

If you're under 65 but want the Fall Detector activated, you can enable the feature by opening the Apple Watch app on an iPhone and going to My Watch Tap Emergency SOS Turn Fall Detection on.And like the old commercial goes, if you've fallen and can't get up, at least you can have your Apple Watch Series 4 summon help for you and alert your emergency contacts.

Earlier this month Apple showed the world what it has in store for iPhone and Apple Watch fans.

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