The next Apple event, which will be on 10 September, is expected to unveil new iPhones and new Apple Watches. Now rumors are circulating that the Apple Watch will add a sleep tracking feature.
Sleep tracking features have been on other fitness bands and smartwatches but has been on the Apple Watch up until now. Apple has apparently purchased a sleep tracking company called Beddit. Beddit makes a Sleep Monitor product along with a companion app. This acquisition could now finally be baked into Apple Watch, according to a report from 9to5 Mac. This sleep tracking feature will not need separate hardware to work.
The sleep tracking feature is supposed to track your sleep when you wear your Apple Watch to bed. The tracked parameters will include “quality of sleep, heart rate, noises and more using the onboard sensors on the Apple Watch”.
Upon waking, the user will be able to see the gathered data has been synced to the Health app on the Apple iPhone and a dedicated Sleep app on the Apple Watch. The report also hints at a sleep tracking complication being added to Apple Watch to show you your sleep stats at a glance.
It is not known at the moment if the sleep tracking feature will only be exclusive to the new Apple Watch Series 5, which is expected to be announced or if it will come as a software upgrade to older models as well. Considering remarks that “there won't be a huge hardware upgrade from the Apple Watch Series 4”, it is being predicted that the feature will be available on older Apple Watch hardware as well, more than likely from the Series 2 or 3 and onward.
“Considering Apple's focus on health-related features, it wouldn't be surprising to see Apple announced features related to sleep which will give some actionable insights or tips and tricks to improve your sleep quality”.
In my opinion this would be a feature both welcome and needed. There are third party apps, such as Pillow, that are currently available that do work on current models of the Apple Watch, however their accuracy as been found... well...wanting. We're waiting with baited breath to see what the Cupertino giant has to say this time around.