Apple to Add Sleep-Tracking Features to Apple Watch by 2020

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    Apple is said to be testing a sleep tracking app for a future Apple Watch, according to a new report today filed by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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    Rival smartwatches from the likes of Fitbit have long touted sleep-tracking capabilities, but Apple's watchOS has never offered a native sleep tracking feature. Initially, this was for good reason: battery life on the first Apple Watch rarely lasted beyond the advertised 18 hours, meaning the device had to be perched on a charging dock as you slept.

    However, since the release of the Series 3 and 4 models, many owners find their smartwatches can last two full days or more on a single charge, which has led third-party developers to step in with sleep-tracking apps.

    Future Apple Watch models could well have improved battery life, enabling users to wear them for longer and track time in bed. Alternatively, Gurman speculates that overnight sleep-tracking could even feature as part of a special new low-power mode.

    Apple's iOS Health app already includes a tab for sleep analysis data, which is pulled from either the alarm clock function in the iPhone's Clock app or a third-party sleep-tracking app.

    Apple has dipped its toes in sleep-tracking before. The company acquired Finnish startup Beddit, which makes a sleep-tracking sensor strip. Apple sells the product on its website under the Beddit brand and recently launched an updated version.

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    Is this as innovative as say, foldable phones in 2019?
     
  3. vaxes macrumors member

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    Really what is the point?
    I really would not want to wear my watch while I slept any way.
    And unless they are planning on either improving the battery life or shortening the charge time considerably.
    The watch would be dead by mid morning.

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  4. Focusx0131 macrumors member

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    Is it just me or can anyone else not see where the Sleep Cycle app/complication is in that screen shot?
     
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    Awesome! I've been holding off on getting an Apple Watch. Sleep tracking along with enough battery power to do it are the exact features I've been waiting for.
     
  6. Seacow1500 macrumors newbie

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    I use mine for tracking sleep with the SleepWatch app. Works fairly well and doesn’t use much battery. I only charge mine every other day.
     
  7. macjaffa macrumors member

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    Yep. Me too. Having a watch that you need to charge every day would mean I would have a watch that was flat most of the time. Sleep tracking is really good and apple need to be able to support that.
     
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    The only thing that's now considered newsworthy are folding phones?
     
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    I see the word innovative is being taken out of context again, but no, this doesn’t have to be ‘innovative’, it can be a tool to help measure the quality of sleep somebody is achieving or not. To me, one of the most important aspects of someones daily functions, is sleep, and if sleep monitoring could help somebody understand their intervals and quality of their sleep, I think this could be a really beneficial tool for those wanting to keep track to see any inconsistencies.
     
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    Because when you wake up you have no idea if you had a good night sleep.
     
  11. HacKage macrumors 6502

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    The thought of sleeping with a watch on just doesn't work for me. The watch is comfortable during the day, but when I get in at night I look forward to emptying my pockets and taking my watch off and putting it on charge.
     
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    Sleep tracking has been a game changer for me. Perhaps it's a useless feature for some people, but for those of us who have sleep disorders, sleep tracking wearables help us figure things out.
     
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    I'd be interested in sleep tracking but I don't feel like wearing my watch at night. I tried once and I eventually took it off. I guess some sort of device placed under the mattress would be better, I know there are already similar products.
    And even if is comfortable to wear the watch while sleeping you'll eventually have to charge it, I guess you can do it while having breakfast but I think the majority of people charge their appliances during the night
     
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    Finally a workout category I can identify with.

    My emails were not ignored.
     
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    I use app AutoSleep with my Watch S3 and I think it works really well. Watch is charged every morning <1hr and I am not bothered about sleeping with it.
     
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    Oh, I love that argument.

    The idea here is not to tell you if you slept well or not - as you stated, you can tell it by yourself. Sleep tracking can help to tell why did someone sleep bad. For example I learned why I feel better when I go to bed at 10PM and sleep for 6-7 hours than when I go to bed at midnight and sleep for 8-10 hours. Turned out most of my deep sleep happens between 10PM and 1AM.
     
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    Funny how your username is “macfacts”, yet most of what you say is so profoundly untrue.
     
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    I see sleep tracking as a useful function, my Fitbit has had it for years. Foldable phones as invention not innovation.
     
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    So do you know or not when you wake up?
     
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    I'm awake now.
     
  22. Heineken macrumors 65816

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    That’s just common sense that requires no apps or trackers. Simply deduced.
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    I’m not convinced. Check the watch just to be sure.
     
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    US only ... I guess ...

    But yeah; don’t need it as my watch is recharging while I recharge
     
  24. Pez555 macrumors 68020

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    Not interested. Never wear my watch when I sleep!
     
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    No. But will probably last longer...
     
  26. Scooz, Feb 26, 2019
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    Maybe AirPower was delayed because they built a huge one where the owner can also be placed onto...

    Seriously, I used one of the first sleep tracker apps and it actually helped improving my sleep quality. Still I stopped using it because I can‘t stand wearing a watch at night. My wife inherited the idea though and has no problems wearing her watch at night and putting it on the charger in the morning works fine (we have distributed our collected watch chargers at home, so there‘s alway a time and place)

    So yes, an additional non-wearable sensor might make sense here. Even if it doesn‘t actively help to re-charge me.
     

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