Major feature not expected on the Apple Watch until next year could be on the device this year

Major feature not expected on the Apple Watch until next year could be on the device this year
The Apple Watch Series 4 has great features for those wearers trying to monitor their health. The heart rate monitor will alert you if your heart starts beating too fast or too slowly, and the electrocardiogram (ECG) feature scans for abnormal heart rhythms that could be consistent with atrial fibrillation (Afib); the latter can lead to a blood clot, stroke, heart failure, and death. And don't forget the fall detection feature that will call for help and alert your emergency contacts if you've fallen and cannot summon help.

On September 10th, Apple is expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 5. We could see the timepiece equipped with a blood pressure monitor based on one rumor, and according to 9to5Mac, another health-related feature that we didn't expect to see until next year just might make the cut. That would be a native sleep tracking monitor for the Apple Watch. Many other smartwatches offer this, and an app is available for the Apple Watch that will track your "ZZZ-time." But today's report, which cites sources inside Apple, says that the company could announce sleep tracking for the Apple Watch as soon as next week; the new capability would not require any special hardware to run.

Sleep Tracking could be a new feature for the Apple Watch Series 5


Owners of the currently available Apple Watch Series 4 will be on pins and needles, hoping that they won't have to purchase a new model to get the native sleep tracking capabilities. Since the Series 5 watch looks exactly like the Series 4 model, the chances are that no hardware changes will be necessary to add the feature, good news for those with the Series 4 timepiece.


Originally given the codename "Burrito," Apple will reportedly call the sleep tracking feature "Time in Bed tracking" and it will allow users to wear their Apple Watch to bed if they so desire. If a person owns more than one Apple Watch, he or she will have to choose one particular model to be the "designated bedtime Apple Watch." While the owner of the device is sleeping, the Apple Watch will use its multiple sensors to track the person's movement, heart rates, and noises that might be made. The Health app will report on the quality of the Apple Watch wearer's sleep, and there will be a brand new Sleep app for the timepiece. Apple realizes that most users charge their watch at night and that this will be impossible to do if the device is monitoring the quality of the owner's sleep. So Apple has devised a reminder that will tell Apple Watch owners to charge their watch before going to bed.

The breakout feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 is the electrocardiogram (ECG). Since Apple released the Series 4 timepiece last year, we've seen a few watches include an ECG monitor. Samsung went one better with its recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2; not only does Sammy's new watch include an ECG scanner of its own (which is expected to get FDA approval next year) it also offers a fall detection feature that can save the lives of older users. This is another capability taken from the Apple Watch and will be enabled in the first quarter of next year. With fall detection, the watch can detect when the person wearing the device has fallen and sends out an audible alarm while at the same time it alerts the watch owner's emergency contacts. If the watch doesn't detect any motion, it assumes that the person who has fallen is unconscious. At that point, 9-1-1 is called and a message sent out with the location of the injured person included. This feature is disabled for Apple Watch Series 4 owners aged 64 or younger (although it can be enabled by anyone at any age); the feature is automatically enabled if the device owner is 65 or older.

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16 Comments

1. Pabliell

Posts: 185; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Still, next year Apple Watch will get a kinda standard Apple feature - another repair program.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’d never use sleep tracking. My watch goes on the charger each night, at bed time. A fresh 100%, when I wake up to do cardio is more important.

9. Taphius

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Yeah, unless it charges in like 20 minutes it is hard to see how this will be used if folks need to charge overnight still. Let's get it to 4 day battery life Apple, till then I gotta stick with my versa.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. Well said.

17. TBomb

Posts: 1563; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I just charge mine while in the shower and I've never had it not gain back the battery I used since my last charge. however, fitbit's last multiple days so the mAh depleted every day is much less and takes less time to charge.

3. mackan84

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Haven’t there been reports about not obsessing over sleep tracking records, and that it causes more stress then good for you?

4. LawnBoy

Posts: 197; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

The Apple Watch battery can barely make it through the day. How would one wear it all day and have enough time to charge it before wearing it at night?

6. strawberry

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

series 4 battery can last 2 days

5. oldskool50 unregistered

Ahh. These folks deleted my post because, seriously if this is something to look forward too, just shows how naive people are. Other devices like the Gear have had this since Gear S2/S3. Here Apple is on the 4th gen and they still dont have it? How hard can it be. See each oem always one ups another on something, it is pointless to point fingers. But Apple being behind Samsung 3 years is shameful. But yet people brag about money and sells. Tech isnt about sells and how much money they make. They all are gonna make more than any of us ever will. The Apple Watch was delay 3 years. And yet its first model was less than what the original Gear was. Why is it Apple can't catch up on the simple things, but they rush to get the fancier things? Then if Apple takes longer, they are making it better before release, but if Samsung takes longer then its; oh Samsung is slow they need to pick up the pace. The hypocrisy is just so annoying. The Apple Watch was in the oven 3 years and its first one was worse than what others had 3 years prior? Where is all the money going? Apple you need to increase that R♤D budget. Samsung spends almost 5 times more money than Apple and their products show it. Regardless of how many they sell. After all they are the sells king. With all this cash Apple has, there is no excuse for their products to be behind, when Jobs claimed they were 5 years ahead of everyone else. Simple stuff should be done quicky the harder stuff that takes longer, let it take as long as it takes. I rather it take long and be right, then for it to take long and suck. They made all these promises, that it turned out to be no better than anything else.

11. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

I get where are you coming from. Tech, sales, hypocrisy everything makes sense except you don’t know which company is more advanced when it comes to tech. The thing here is you see what’s on paper but there are people who have used both apple snd Samsung phones and watches and they have felt the difference. I’ve personally used the most expensive Samsung watch ever which was the Samsung gear S2 classic limited edition platinum/rose gold and it had real platinum and 18k rose gold plating. Had tons of great features but it wasn’t better than my Apple Watch and I compared their latest watch too with my series 4 and the apple experience is so much better and the tech feels more advanced in what’s it capable of doing. Sleep tracking is a $2 app present on App Store so it’s nothing you should brag about while comparing these 2. You’ve a misconception that Samsung is giving you a better phone when they are giving you a free OS and can’t even develop a real OS of their own. It’s just doing what every Chinese company does and just a spy tool for google like every android phone. So while you believe your Samsung phone is better than the more expensive iPhone. The truth is people who used both doesn’t agree with you coz they know why an iPhone is a much better choice even if they price it double to Samsung’s latest.

19. TBomb

Posts: 1563; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I agreed with you until about halfway through Mike88: the free OS part. samsung surely doesn't willingly "choose" to Android. There is a reason they customize it so heavily. But as we've almost seen, having a 3rd OS is extremely hard and outside of a dictatorship, it would be near impossible to gain any traction at all. Bringing in Spying for google is unrelated and saying the iPhone is better than Samsung's latest even at double the price of it is a blanket statement. I've used a non-top-of-the-line Samsung and I've used an XS Max iphone and I could come up with 35 reasons why that Samsung is a better choice. It comes down to use-case and personal preference.

7. Charlie2k

Posts: 136; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Getting a feature that have been standard for ages on all other smartwatches. And best part.. Since AW has the poorest battery life of all smartwatches this feature will give you a reason to buy a 2nd AW. So you daytime AW can recharge while your your night AW can track you sleep. Garmin Fenix has 1 month battery life. Just saying, the grass is definitely greener.

10. Kellog89

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 03, 2019

'Battery can last 2 days'. Is that a lot? And how long does it take to charge from 0? I might consider getting an Apple watch when it lasts more than a week, and when I can charge it in 3-4 mn from a phone or light portable battery.

13. Cat97

Posts: 1923; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So, instead of fixing the abysmal battery life, they will just remind you to charge the Watch before bed ? No thanks...

16. Valdomero

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I charge the watch while driving and while I'm chilling at home, I use AutoSleep to track my sleep and it works automatically. Yeah battery life has to improve, 2 days on battery without Always On Display is lackluster for such an expensive product. Luckily I paid way less for this watch than expected.

20. Jrod99

Posts: 757; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Like to see a blood pressure monitor but not sure how accurate it would be. The sleep thing no biggie. Don’t wear my watch when sleeping anyways. Guess I could try feature once or twice for the heck of it.

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