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Apple Watch Series 6 may add anxiety monitoring and sleep tracking
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 02, 2020 05:07AM
Apple Watch Series 6 may add anxiety monitoring and sleep tracking

Apple's forthcoming update to the Apple Watch, presumed to be called the Series 6, is now rumored to include features to do with monitoring users for mental health issues, including anxiety. Twitter user Nikias Molina has no known previous track in Apple information, but has now details which have tersely confirmed by prolific leaker Jon Prosser.

Molina says that the Apple Watch Series 6 will contain a long-rumored sleep tracking, plus a previously unknown series of mental health abnormalities detection. These will be in part an extension of the current heart rate monitoring, and look for signs of unusual anxiety in users.

Asked about this plus Molina's claim that the Series 6 will feature longer battery life, a pulse oximeter, and run on an S6 chip, Jon Prosser tweeted "Yep!" with no more details. Molina claims he has more to follow at some unspecified time.

The Apple Watch, as it stands, has a heart rate sensor that has been used as a pulse oximeter in other medical-grade devices. The functionality is not enabled at this time, and would require FDA approval for use by consumers as a health monitoring device similar to what it had to get for the electrocardiogram technology.



Hm.

It's only four months from now.

Maybe I should cancel my order.




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Re: Apple Watch Series 6 may add anxiety monitoring and sleep tracking
Posted by: Michael
Date: May 02, 2020 05:15AM
Sleep tracking and anxiety sound like software, to me. Also, if the current watch has a sensor used for pulse oximeter, that also sounds like software.

I wonder if the series 4 would have the pulse oximeter capability? I, personally, don't care about the anxiety measures and I already know that I don't sleep all that well.

My plan has always been to keep my watch for 2 years and then sell it. I'm wearing a 4 that's right at a year old, so if these anticipated changes are hardware-dependent, I'll look to get a 6 a year from now when Costco and others put them on sale.
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Re: Apple Watch Series 6 may add anxiety monitoring and sleep tracking
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 02, 2020 10:15AM
I think I have series 3, I bought it in April 2018. I can't recall, what was new in series 4, larger screens and fall detection, and then series 5 added screen always on?
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Re: Apple Watch Series 6 may add anxiety monitoring and sleep tracking
Posted by: testcase
Date: May 02, 2020 10:41AM
If you’re wearing your watch DAY & NIGHT, when does the watch get charged?
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Re: Apple Watch Series 6 may add anxiety monitoring and sleep tracking
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: May 02, 2020 11:02AM
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If you’re wearing your watch DAY & NIGHT, when does the watch get charged?

My series 3 only requires charging every 3 days and it only takes maybe 15 minutes to go from 35% to fully charged. Of course if you wear it all night, that’s another matter.



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Re: Apple Watch Series 6 may add anxiety monitoring and sleep tracking
Posted by: tortoise
Date: May 03, 2020 10:16AM
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testcase
If you’re wearing your watch DAY & NIGHT, when does the watch get charged?

During my morning shower of course
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Re: Apple Watch Series 6 may add anxiety monitoring and sleep tracking
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: May 04, 2020 12:58PM
it's really really difficult to get a good, dependable pulse-ox level from a wrist.



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