Apple is supposedly working on a new sleep-tracking feature for a future Apple Watch, according to a report shared by Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman.
The report claims for several months Apple has been experimenting with new sleep-tracking features on testers at secret sites around its Cupertino, California, headquarters, with the sources saying the tests have been successful and Apple is on track to launch the new feature on the Apple Watch by 2020.
Bloomberg’s report didn’t share very many details about the actual sleep-tracking feature, although presumably the new system will link with Apple’s Health and Activity applications to give Apple Watch wearers a clear understanding of the sleeping patterns through the form of reports and daily insights.
The company has been using the sleep-tracking feature for several months with testers at secret sites around its Cupertino, California, headquarters, according to people familiar with the work. If the functionality is successful in the testing stages, the company plans to add it to the Apple Watch by 2020, according to one of the people.
Gurman says Apple will possibly look at introducing a new low-power mode on Apple Watch that could track and record sleep activity without any significant strain on the battery. Another option Gurman notes is the possibility of a much larger battery on the 2020 Apple Watch to allow wearers to use the Apple Watch throughout the day and still have enough charge to enable the sleep-tracking feature overnight.