Internally, the tracking feature is apparently being called "Burrito," and it's said to track things such as quality of sleep, movement, heart rate, and noises. Sleep tracking will be available in the Health app and a new Sleep app.
Apple Is Going To Add Sleep Tracking To Apple Watch
Typically, Apple Watch users leave their wearable on the nightstand to charge, but since sleep tracking will require the user to have them on as they sleep, 9to5Mac says they'll instead receive a notification to charge their watch before bed.
Additionally, Apple is also said to be adjusting the way alarms function with the wearable in that regular daily alarms will be silenced if the user wakes up early and starts using their Apple Watch.
It's worth noting that sleep tracking on Apple Watch devices isn't a new experience. The feature has been available through a variety of third-party apps and services. Apple, however, has never officially added a proprietary sleep tracking feature on the devices, which, to be fair, makes sense, considering the Apple Watch isn't really being marketed as a Health-centric wearable.
If rumors turn out to be true and a sleep tracking feature is added at some point, then it's easy to assume Apple is poised to take a cut of FitBit's target market. FitBit offers a range of highly competitive fitness-focused wearable options, but none are up to par with Apple's lineup in terms of aesthetics, polish, and design.
Apple September Event
The biggest question now is whether Apple intends to add sleep tracking to all Apple Watch models, including to older ones, or limit it to potential new devices. Apple is holding an event on Sept. 10 where it's expected to debut this year's batch of new iPhone and possibly new devices, so there might be more word of this feature there. Rumors say there'll be no new Apple Watch revision, though, just a minor cosmetic upgrade; Apple is said to unveil new ceramic and titanium finishes, plus the latest watchOS 6 operating system.
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