Apple Watch 6 rumors: Pulse oximeter, sleep monitoring (and the battery to assist it?)

Apple Watch 6 rumors: Pulse oximeter, sleep monitoring (and the battery to assist it?)


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The following Apple Watch (possible a Sequence 6) continues to be months away from making its grand debut alongside the rumored iPhone 12, 12 Professional and 12 Professional Max. However there’s nonetheless loads of hypothesis surrounding a Sequence 6 smartwatch to carry us over within the meantime. We have compiled a roundup of believable and compelling new options for the Apple Watch Sequence 6 primarily based on the most recent leaks, rumors and Apple patents

Design: A spherical Apple Watch, however not this yr

Save for just a few minor adjustments corresponding to bigger screens, completely different supplies and numerous watch band designs, the look of the watch hasn’t modified a lot since Apple launched the primary Apple Watch in 2014. And this yr shall be no completely different.

Rumors of a round watch face on the Apple Watch have been making the rounds for just a few years now. A few of its Android counterparts just like the Samsung Galaxy Watch have round designs, so it would not be an excessive amount of of a stretch to suppose Apple would comply with go well with. So as to add gasoline to the fireplace, the corporate has additionally issued a pair Apple Watch patents that present a spherical show. However to date, it is only a risk; the existence of a patent does not assure Apple will use it in a product. Even when one in all these patents does grow to be a actuality, it could possible take years. A change this huge would require Apple to transform the {hardware} and software program of the watch, and to date we have not heard something that may point out it is occurring in 2020.  

New watch face choices, however no retailer 

The Apple Watch has tons of customizable watch faces (often called “problems”) starting from animated Disney characters to weather-centric interfaces. However Apple nonetheless hasn’t loosened the reins for third-party watch faces, and we do not see that altering anytime quickly.

As an alternative Apple may enable customers to share watch faces. Based on a 9to5Mac, every watch face configuration shall be shared as a novel file by way of AirDrop. The report, which cites leaked iOS 14 code because the supply of its info, additionally says WatchOS 7, the following model of Apple’s smartwatch software program, will add an analog-style tachymeter to its design choices that may measure pace and distance.

You might also have the ability to use shared albums out of your pictures app to create a personalized watch face that cycles by way of the pictures in that album. Which means relations might add particular person pictures to the shared album for everybody within the group to see on their wrists. 

Lastly, for patriotic customers, WatchOS 7 could add an “worldwide” possibility that allows you to select a rustic’s flag as your watch face. 

A brand new health app

Health has been on the core of the Apple Watch since its launch, and this yr Apple could take it even additional. Based on MacRumors, the corporate is engaged on a standalone health app. Not like the present Exercise app that tracks your progress and is already on the Apple Watch (and iPhone), this one would provide you with guided exercises for an assortment of various actions corresponding to working, biking, rowing, energy coaching, dance and yoga. 

There is no scarcity of third-party health apps like this for the Apple Watch, however a local health app might put numerous these out of enterprise. The app can be obtainable on the iPhone and Apple TV in addition to the Apple Watch. And it may be free. The MacRumors report says there is not any proof of in-app purchases, however that does not essentially rule out a subscription primarily based strategy like Apple Music.  

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Native sleep monitoring could lastly arrive

This might lastly be the yr when Apple Watch will get native sleep monitoring. Since buying the sleep sensor Beddit again in 2017, a tracker that sits below the mattress, there have been rumors about Apple integrating an analogous function within the Apple Watch. A “Sleep app” was additionally by accident talked about in a screenshot of Apple’s preinstalled Alarm app within the App Retailer. The picture was noticed by a reader of MacRumors again in October, and has since been eliminated. An April 30 leak on Twitter appears to corroborate this rumor.

At the moment, sleep monitoring is accessible on the Apple Watch by way of third-party apps and one of many greatest hurdles for Apple to supply it natively has been battery life. The present Apple Watch fashions final a couple of day and a half of regular use, however a function like this is able to require in a single day monitoring. This is able to possible drain the battery a lot quicker. It is within the firm’s finest curiosity to resolve this subject quickly although; many Apple Watch opponents like Fitbit and Samsung have had it on their gadgets for years. 

Pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen ranges

Even when the Sequence 6 does not have native sleep monitoring, Apple will possible proceed increasing well being and wellness options for the following Apple Watch.  

This yr’s huge well being function could possibly be what’s often called SPO2 monitoring. This is able to enable the watch to measure your blood oxygen ranges, like a pulse oximeter, and warn you if it dips under a sure threshold, based on 9to5Mac. That is good timing, as a result of some medical doctors are recommending pulse oximeter gadgets to observe COVID-19 signs, and other people have begun buying pulse oximeters in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. The April 30 leak corroborates this rumor as nicely. 

The Apple Watch already does one thing related with coronary heart charge, and alerts you if it detects an abnormally excessive, low or irregular coronary heart rhythm indicative of atrial fibrillation (afib). 

For this to be potential, the Sequence 6 might require a brand new kind of sensor, possible a pulse oximeter. Or it’d have the ability to pull with a software program replace and use the present {hardware}. The Apple Watch already tracks VO2 max (or most oxygen consumption) contained in the Exercise app utilizing the GPS and coronary heart charge sensor throughout train. 

Different well being rumors embrace glucose and blood-pressure monitoring on the following Apple Watch, however these could possibly be additional off. 

A child-friendly Apple Watch   

The leaked iOS 14 code reportedly additionally references new instruments for folks. Somewhat than give their youngsters an iPhone, dad and mom trying to keep linked with their youngsters, might arrange a second Apple Watch (fully separate from theirs) utilizing their iPhone and Apple ID because the host. This is able to additionally give dad and mom the ultimate say on what sort of content material their youngsters can entry on the watch like emergency contacts and music. 

With a function referred to as SchoolTime in WatchOS 7, dad and mom might even decide what apps can be utilized at what instances to restrict distractions within the classroom. 

This is able to additionally imply adapting among the well being options for youthful customers. Based on 9 to five Mac, the ring system (used for exercise monitoring) can be primarily based on completely different metrics. The pink transfer ring, for instance, would monitor lively minutes as an alternative of lively energy because it does with adults. The Watch can even incentivize youngsters to maintain shifting by providing digital rewards once they participate in sports activities or outside actions. 

Monitoring panic assaults and stress

The Apple Watch Sequence 6 can even reportedly include a number of psychological well being monitoring options, together with the power to detect when the wearer is about to expertise a panic assault (one other well timed function, if it pans out, in the course of the world pandemic). This rumor was additionally talked about within the April 30 leak, which referenced “Psychological Well being Abnormalities Detection.”

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