Apple will add the much-requested sleep tracking feature to Apple Watch by 2020. The company has been secretly testing sleep monitoring on the Apple Watch in secret sites around its offices in Cupertino. If testing goes as per Apple’s planning, the feature will make its way to the Apple Watch in 2020.
While Apple Watch is considered to be the best wearable in the market, it lacks sleep tracking of any kind. Instead, users are required to rely on third-party apps for sleep tracking and they come with their own set of restrictions. Fitbit, on the other hand, is known for its excellent sleep tracking capabilities.
Apple could likely make use of the technology it acquired from Beddit. The Cupertino company had acquired the startup in May 2017. Known for its sleep tracking devices, Apple has released an updated Beddit sleep tracking monitor last year, though the update removed a number of features and did not really introduce anything new.
The company has been using the sleep-tracking feature for several months with testers at secret sites around its Cupertino, California, headquarters, according to people familiar with the work. If the functionality is successful in the testing stages, the company plans to add it to the Apple Watch by 2020, according to one of the people.
The Apple Watch is already known for its various health-tracking features. Apart from heart rate tracking, the wearable is capable of detecting atrial fibrillation using ECG. It is likely that sleep tracking will have a negative impact on the overall battery life of the Apple Watch which is why Apple is taking its time on optimizing the feature.
Right now, the Apple Watch lasts around a day of heavy use with most users charging the wearable during the night. However, with sleep tracking, it won’t be possible for them to charge it during the night. Plus, it is likely that their Apple Watch would simply run out of battery in the middle of the night thereby leading to improper sleep tracking. Thus, Apple is taking its time on ensuring that sleep tracking consumes as little battery as possible and perhaps also on improving the overall battery life of the Apple Watch.
Do you use your Apple Watch for sleep tracking purposes? Do you think it will be a handy addition to the wearable?[Via Bloomberg]