Apple Watch Series 6 Could Feature Panic Attack Detection, Other Mental Health Features

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The current-generation Apple Watch is currently the best smartwatch in the market, thanks to its hardware quality and software ecosystem. The company has already embedded fall detection and heart-rate detection features in the Apple Watch Series 5, and if rumors are to be believed, the company could also bring panic attack detection to the next Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to be unveiled later this year, and it could bring even more health tracking features such as sleep tracking, blood oxygen level detection and improved ECG. However, new features won’t be limited to just physical health. According to EverythingApplePro, the iPhone maker is planning to bring automatic panic attack detection and other forms of mental health tracking to its next smartwatch.

According to the new information that has come to light, the next Apple Watch could detect a user’s upcoming anxiety or panic attack. It will be able to offer guidance as to how they can get over it by explaining breathing instructions. The upcoming watch is also said to maintain a history of such stress-related issues so that users can report them to their doctor or health professional for better diagnosis and avoid them in the future.

The Apple Watch Series 6 could offer notifications similar to high heart-rate notifications and offer users reliable information beforehand. It is also possible that users would be able to manually provide symptoms to improve the accuracy of panic attack detection. Apple could also bring this feature to previous-generation smartwatches (Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5) via a software update, but we are not sure about it as of now.

It has already been reported earlier that Apple is planning to bring Kids Mode to its smartwatches and using the upcoming watchOS 7 feature, parents can use their iPhones to set up the Apple Watch for their kids and set which apps they can use and at what time. They could also set the School Time feature so that kids are limited to use pre-selected apps during those times. Other features include simplified activity rings for kids.

Our Take

The Apple Watch Series 5 was a disappointment in terms of upgrade from the Apple Watch Series 4 as it used the rebadged processor and the rest of the hardware. Instead of dropping the price of the Apple Watch Series 4, the company stopped selling the smartwatch altogether knowing that most people would settle for it instead of buying the newer and pricier watch.

If the Cupertino-based firm brings panic attack detection and other mental health features to the Apple Watch Series 6 as hardware features, consumers could see it as a big upgrade and could be willing to spend money on the newer watch instead of settling for the older model for a lower price tag.