A new leak suggests the Apple Watch Series 6 will ship with sleep tracking, new mental health features, and new sensors to help track blood oxygen levels. Twitter user Nikias Molina shared this information on Twitter, citing an anonymous source.
According to Molina, the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6 will include Apple’s new and improved S6 chipset, which, among other things, may help extend battery life. Longer battery life is a must-have if Apple wants to add sleep tracking to the wearable.
Molina, and others before him, strongly believe sleep tracking will be one of the flagship features of the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6.
Apple Watch Pulse Oximeter
Besides sleep tracking, the rumored Apple Watch S6 may include a pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen levels. This value often is used while sleeping to pick up signs of sleep apnea or other sleep and breathing disturbances.
It also can be used to track respiratory distress in patients who have breathing difficulties, but may not want to come to the hospital.
Apple would need to receive FDA approval if they wanted to use this sensor in its next-generation Apple Watch
Apple Watch Mental Health Tracking
One other feature mentioned by Molina is mental health tracking. This additional metric has been hinted at in previous rumors. According to earlier leaks, the Watch may be able to use heart rate data to track stress levels throughout the day. An algorithm then would look for patterns that hint at stress, anxiety, or similar mental health conditions.
New to Leaks
Molina does not have a track record for leaking this type of confidential information. Well-known Apple leaked Jon Prosser, though, gave credence to his claim.
When asked if this information from Molina was for real, Proser responded with an unambiguous “Yep!” Prosser didn’t add any details and only interjected to validate this information.
This might not be the last we hear from Molina, though. In his tweet, he told his followers to “Stay tuned for more.”
Apple is expected to reveal the Apple Watch Series 6 later this fall. The company typically unveils wearables during its fall press event. It likely will launch around the same timeframe as the iPhone 12.