Apple Watch 6 rumors: Sleep tracking, blood oxygen levels and a kids edition

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The subsequent Apple Watch (likely a Series 6) is still months divided from creation a grand entrance alongside a rumored iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. But there’s still copiousness of conjecture surrounding a Series 6 smartwatch to reason us over in a meantime. We’ve gathered a roundup of trustworthy and constrained new facilities for a Apple Watch Series 6 formed on a latest leaks, rumors and Apple patents. 

Design: A turn Apple Watch, though not this year

Save for a few teenager changes such as incomparable screens, opposite materials and several watch rope designs, a demeanour of a watch hasn’t altered most given Apple introduced a initial Apple Watch in 2014. And this year will be no different.

Rumors of a turn watch face on a Apple Watch have been creation a rounds for a few years now. Some of a Android counterparts like a Samsung Galaxy Watch have turn designs, so it wouldn’t be too most of a widen to consider Apple would follow suit. To supplement fuel to a fire, a association has also released a integrate Apple Watch patents that uncover a turn display. But so far, it’s only a possibility; a existence of a obvious doesn’t pledge Apple will use it in a product. Even if one of these patents does turn a reality, it would expected take years. A change this large would need Apple to redo a hardware and program of a watch, and so distant we haven’t listened anything that would prove it’s function in 2020.  

New watch face options, though no store 

The Apple Watch has tons of customizable watch faces (known as “complications”) trimming from charcterised Disney characters to weather-centric interfaces. But Apple still hasn’t loosened a reins for third-party watch faces, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Instead Apple competence concede users to share watch faces. According to a 9to5Mac, any watch face pattern will be common as a singular record around AirDrop. The report, that cites leaked iOS 14 formula as a source of a information, also says WatchOS 7, a subsequent chronicle of Apple’s smartwatch software, will supplement an analog-style tachymeter to a pattern options that would magnitude speed and distance.

You competence also be means to use common albums from your photos app to emanate a customized watch face that cycles by a photos in that album. That means family members could supplement particular photos to a common manuscript for everybody in a organisation to see on their wrists. 

Lastly, for nationalistic users, WatchOS 7 competence supplement an “international” choice that lets we select a country’s dwindle as your watch face. 

A new aptness app

Fitness has been during a core of a Apple Watch given a launch, and this year Apple competence take it even further. According to MacRumors, a association is operative on a standalone aptness app. Unlike a existent Activity app that marks your swell and is already on a Apple Watch (and iPhone), this one would give we guided workouts for an collection of opposite activities such as running, cycling, rowing, strength training, dance and yoga. 

There’s no necessity of third-party aptness apps like this for a Apple Watch, though a local aptness app could put a lot of those out of business. The app would be accessible on a iPhone and Apple TV as good as a Apple Watch. And it competence be free. The MacRumors news says there’s no justification of in-app purchases, though that doesn’t indispensably order out a subscription formed proceed like Apple Music.  

Native nap tracking competence finally arrive

This could finally be a year when Apple Watch gets local nap tracking. Since appropriation a nap sensor Beddit behind in 2017, a tracker that sits underneath a mattress, there have been rumors about Apple integrating a identical underline in a Apple Watch. A “Sleep app” was also incidentally mentioned in a screenshot of Apple’s preinstalled Alarm app in a App Store. The picture was speckled by a reader of MacRumos behind in October, and has given been removed. 

Currently, nap tracking is accessible on a Apple Watch by third-party apps and one of a biggest hurdles for Apple to offer it natively has been battery life. The stream Apple Watch models final about a day and a half of normal use, though a underline like this would need overnight monitoring. This would expected empty a battery most faster. It’s in a company’s best seductiveness to solve this emanate shortly though; many Apple Watch competitors like Fitbit and Samsung have had it on their inclination for years. 

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Blood oxygen levels and other health features 

Even if a Series 6 doesn’t have local nap tracking, Apple will expected continue expanding health and wellness facilities for a subsequent Apple Watch.  

This year’s large health underline could be what’s famous as SPO2 tracking. This would concede a watch to magnitude your blood oxygen levels and warning we if it dips subsequent a certain threshold, according to 9to5Mac. The Apple Watch already does something identical with heart rate, and alerts we if it detects an abnormally high, low or strange heart stroke demonstrative of atrial fibrillation (afib). 

For this to be possible, a Series 6 could need a new form of sensor, expected a beat oximeter. Or it competence be means to lift with a program refurbish and use a existent hardware. The Apple Watch already marks VO2 max (or extent oxygen consumption) inside a Activity app regulating a GPS and heart rate sensor during exercise. 

Other health rumors embody glucose and blood-pressure monitoring on a subsequent Apple Watch, though these could be serve off. 

A kid-friendly Apple Watch   

The leaked iOS 14 formula reportedly also references new collection for parents. Rather than give their kids an iPhone, relatives looking to stay connected with their kids, could set adult a second Apple Watch (completely apart from theirs) regulating their iPhone and Apple ID as a host. This would also give relatives a final contend on what kind of calm their kids can entrance on a watch like puncture contacts and music. 

With a underline called SchoolTime in WatchOS 7, relatives could even establish what apps can be used during what times to extent distractions in a classroom. 

This would also meant bettering some of a health facilities for younger users. According to 9 to 5 Mac, a ring complement (used for activity tracking) would be formed on opposite metrics. The red pierce ring, for example, would lane active mins instead of active calories as it does with adults. The Watch will also incentivise kids to keep relocating by charity practical rewards when they take partial in sports or outside activities. 

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