Apple Watch has been a masterpiece by the company which regularly gets some updates to improve the user experience. And now, a report from 9to5mac, suggests that Apple is developing at least two new features focused on health that will expand its capabilities in the future. Out of two of the new features, the most exciting feature is the ability to detect blood-oxygen levels which will be coming to Apple Watch for the first time.
9to5Mac has learned both of these features based on an exclusive look at iOS 14 code snippets. According to the code, blood oxygen levels between 95 and 100% are considered healthy; blood oxygen levels below 80% may lead to compromised heart and brain functionality. The risk of respiratory or cardiac arrest is common after continued low blood oxygen saturation.
The company has also developed a new health notification based on the vital measurement calculated by this new feature. In case, if your blood’s oxygen saturation fell below a certain threshold measured by the watch, you’d receive a notification much as you do now for unusual heart rates.
This is not the first time that a smartwatch is getting this feature. We have already seen this feature on Fitbit which is being acquired by Google, although Apple could potentially offer a more sophisticated version of it using the FDA method.
In addition to this, the company is also said to be working on an improved ECG function that could properly deliver results in between 100 and 120 beats per minute.
As of now, there is no guarantee that both of these features will make out their way to the next generation of Apple Watch hardware. However, if they will come, they will be shipped via a software update. Apple has always been wanting to make its Watch serve as a vital health tool and this step might be considered as a major step in the company’s goal. If we consider more rumors, Apple is also developing built-in sleep tracking features for a future Sleep app, which is still just a rumor at this time.
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