Who won big in the 5G mmWave auction? Will Apple’s ECG get your heart racing? Vertical Hold Ep 326

The big telcos have spent fortunes on 5G mmWave spectrum, but why does it matter and when will we see it? How will it compete with the NBN? Apple’s finally got ECG on Apple Watch working down under, but is it really a heart-stopping feature?
Guests SMH/Age writer Alice Clarke (@Alicedkc) and ZDNet Editor Chris Duckett (@Dobes)



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Fresh off last week’s Apple Event show, Apple brought out the software guns this week, with macOS, iOS and tvOS updates — but it’s the watchOS update we’re focusing in on, as after several Apple Watch generations and years of waiting, Australians can finally access the ECG functionality of Apple Watch in Australia. But why does that matter?

Meanwhile, in telco land, the big news is the conclusion of the first round of the 5G mmWave spectrum auction. Telstra spent lots, Optus got its “Golden Gigahertz” and Vodafone is talking a big game about taking on the NBN with less spectrum than its rivals… but how will this all play out?

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