The Apple Watch 6 comes with monitoring features in its blood, according to a new report describing the current stage of next-generation wearable production.
While we’re interested in hearing Digitimes say that Apple Watch 6 production lines are growing, we’re more curious about the alleged blood monitoring feature that is confirmed to be sent in the upcoming smartwatch (via 9to5Mac).
We’ve heard whispers in the past about blood oxygen monitoring coming to the Apple Watch 6, plus watchOS 7 suggested it’s in the pipeline, but this is the most credible report on the metric we̵
Blood oxygen monitoring, also known as SpO2 monitoring, measures the oxygen saturation level in your blood. If your blood oxygen level drops below a specific concentration, which can occur during exercise, the Apple Watch can warn you to ease before you injure yourself.
Apple Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 3
Although Apple has more or less set the standard for health and well-being about smartwatches, it has been slower to release certain tools than its counterparts for fitness tracking.
But Apple Watch 6 will follow the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, which is expected to debut alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and launch on August 5.
New benefits such as watchOS 7 sleep tracking, and now the hardware for monitoring oxygen in the blood, may be how Apple shows Samsung’s rotating frame. Samsung’s next lifestyle smartwatch is also believed to have both of these features, which could reduce the gap between the two leading smartwatch manufacturers.
We need to test the Apple Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 3 when they are available to see which ones improve blood oxygen monitoring – and other health features. The Apple Watch 6 comes later, with an expected debut along the iPhone 12 this fall.
During Apple’s latest earnings report, CFO Luca Maestri suggested that the company’s new products arrive a few weeks later than the typical September date, probably due to delays in the supply chain. It is possible that the Apple Watch 6, like the iPhone 12, is scheduled for an October release.