Leak confirms Apple Watch gaining sleep-tracking features and new “Schooltime” mode
Ahead of Apple’s highly-anticipated ‘By innovation only’ event at Apple Park next week, leaks from an internal build of iOS 13 have confirmed Apple is working on new sleep-tracking features expected to arrive on Apple Watch in the near future.
According to MacRumors who gained access to the pre-rleease software, code shows Apple is working on functionality referred to as “Time in Bed tracking”, with one string in the code noting that “you can also track your sleep and get woken up silently by wearing your watch to bed.”
The report claims a new Sleep app will launch on Apple Watch to allow users to track sleeping patterns, as well as send users bedtime and battery charging reminders. The app will recommend users to have at least 30 percent of battery life to wear their watch to sleep, and according to MacRumors, Apple may also launch a new Sleep watch face, based on a “ClockFaces-Burrito” string. “Burrito” is the codename for the Apple Watch’s sleep tracking.
Additionally, a new “Schooltime” mode has been uncovered which blocks access to apps, complications, and notifications during school hours. Users will be able to set when Schooltime is enabled in the Apple Watch app on iPhone, such as every weekday. Apple is believed to be also working on new Apple Watch complications, including ones for Altitude, Latitude and Longitude.
The jury is still out on whether Apple will release the Apple Watch Series 5 next week at its event, or if it will upgrade the current-generation Apple Watch Series 4 with minor improvements, such as battery enhancements and new casing finishes, including titanium and ceramic cases.