According to a new report released by Mark Gurman for Bloomberg, Apple to test sleep app for Apple Watch.
The company is said to be testing a sleep tracking feature. Testers would conduct these tests at secret sites around Apple’s headquarters in California. If the tests prove successful, Apple plans to add this feature to Apple Watch for 2020.
Competing smartwatches like Fitbit have long touted the sleep tracking features they carry. Apple has never integrated natively the ability to track sleep.
The reason was simple: the lifespan of a charge of the watch battery rarely exceeds the 18 hours advertised. This means that the watch should be charged on a dock while the user is asleep.
Since the release of Series 3 and 4, many users have found that their watch battery can last two full days, or even more, on a single charge. This is what led third-party developers to port sleep monitoring apps to watchOS.
The future Apple Watch models might well have greater autonomy allowing to wear the watch while sleeping and so offer native toolssleep analysis.
For information, the Apple Health application already includes a section for sleep analysis, whose data comes from the alarm clock application of the iPhone (or a third-party application if necessary).
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