At the Worldwide Developers Conference 2020, Apple announced that it is adding “sleep-tracking” capabilities to its Apple Watch, the dominant wearable on the market. Although it’s not as packed with features as other third-party apps, Apple’s Sleep tracking blends together with your Apple Watch and iPhone in ways other apps can’t.
Apple Watch sleep tracking will integrate with its iPhone sleep tools. Wind Down, a timing feature displayed before bedtime to help remind you to get ready for bed. It even includes shortcuts to meditation and music playing apps to help you drift-off. Another feature is Sleep Mode, which functions like Do Not Disturb with a dimmed screen displayed at night. In the morning, it will wake you with an audible alarm or a silent haptic alarm, one that taps on your wrist.
Unlike other wearables such as the Fitbit or Oura that show depth sleep analysis, like how much time you spend in the various sleep phases and even give calculated sleep quality scores, Apple’s sleep tech is more simplified. Apple’s research suggests that while you wind down what you do, the time you go to bed, the amount of time you sleep is more important. Moreover, these are the only things any person can control or change. It does not want the data derived from sleep to be a source of morning stress. Therefore, the content of the sleep is not analysed much at all.
While users sleep, the Apple Watch will use motion sensors, heartbeat sensors, and microphones to keep track of users’ micro-movements like heart rate, duration of sleep, breathing patterns. It will track the metric over time to help you identify patterns of your sleep. Like how it has changed from month to month, or if the weekends tend to wreck your carefully developed schedule. To review the data tracked, users can go to the Sleep app on Apple Watch or the Health app on iPhone, wherein they can see the projected data in the form of graphs and statistics.
WatchOS 7 will be available to public beta users, and its features will become available when it rolls out this fall.