When it comes to digital health, Apple has already proven its credentials. That, however, doesn’t stop the Cupertino-based giant from pushing forward with every new release of its platforms — cause, yes – there are more of them.
According to recent posts from 9to5Mac uncovering Apple’s leaked code, the upcoming iOS 14 will add at least two new health features to the mix — among other capabilities.
The first is blood oxygen-level monitoring using the Apple Watch, which will be paired with automatic notification for when the wearer’s blood oxygen saturation falls below an acceptable threshold. It is, however, still unclear whether additional hardware or software will be needed to enable these capabilities — cause there is only so much those heart rate sensors can monitor.
The second health feature sleep tracking, which is one of the features that was missing from the Apple Watch for some time. The reason for this is simple — its battery will get you through the day and that’s it. If you wear it in the bed, at some point – the Watch will shut down. Or not, if Apple manages to cram a bigger battery in its next smartwatch.
The details suggest the Apple Watch will capture the user’s heart rate and movement while also supporting vibration-only alarms. In addition, users will be able to set personalized sleep goals and receive sleep health recommendations through the iPhone’s Health app.
Finally, 9to5Mac also noted that a future update to the Apple Watch’s ECG feature could address inconclusive readings for heart rates between 100 and 120 beats per minute.
Given the “Corona situation” out there, it is unclear when Apple will announce the iOS 14. We’ll be on the lookout and you stay tuned, k? 😉