Apple is expected to roll out a number of software improvements to the product that received the loudest cheers at last year’s annual hardware event — the Apple Watch, but there’s more this time.
According to a report by 9To5Mac, the Cupertino-based company is looking to introduce a new sleep monitoring feature for the Apple Watch with watchOS 6. The feature is codenamed Burrito internally, may actually end up being called Time in Bed tracking which so far, seems like quite self explanatory.
The company has yet to provide a first-party app or function for Apple Watch owners to track their sleep, but may finally be ready to after acquirimg a sleep tracking company named Beddit in 2017.
From what we understand, the feature will give users the option to wear the Apple Watch while they sleep and track data parameters such as heart rate, motion and noise. This data as you would assume, will be available in both the Health app and a new Sleep app for the Apple Watch.
The report also states that since a majority of Apple Watch users tend to charge their devices at night, Apple is also likely going to include reminders to charge the watch before bedtime, in order to be put to use.
As per the report, Time in Bed tracking will likely not require any new hardware, which means that isn’t any reason why we shouldn’t see the feature roll out to older Apple Watch units. However, that is something that we’ll have to wait for Apple to confirm.
Considering how mainstream, sleep tracking is as a feature – even on budget fitness bands – Apple would definitely like to get this out of the way and focus on more niche features down the line.