So far, we don’t have much information about the Apple Watch hardware update. A Digitimes report suggests today that Apple has made a manufacturing deal with vendor ASE Technology as it prepares production lines for the Apple Watch Series 6.
Most notably, the report states that the watch will include a blood oxygen sensor for the first time. 9to5Mac had previously found evidence of the next blood oxygen control medium in a first creation of watchOS 7.
From the code findings, it was unclear whether the feature could be unlocked for existing view models. It has been speculated for years that optical heart rate sensors are also capable of measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood, at least up to a little approximation.
As Apple announced watchOS 7 last month not to mention blood oxygen at all, it looked like it was actually expecting dedicated hardware support. The Digitimes report corroborates this, indicating that the next Watch will have a specific sensor to detect blood oxygen levels.
Most healthy adults will have a blood oxygen level above 95%. Blood oxygen levels below a certain threshold are major indicators of respiratory problems and can affect heart and brain function. Similar to low heart rate notifications or Apple Watch electrocardiogram functions, the Apple Watch Series 6 could tell the wearer if it detects abnormal oxygen in the blood and suggest seeking medical help.
Apple normally announces the new Apple Watch at the fall iPhone event. This year, Apple has announced that the launch of the iPhone 12 will be delayed a few weeks. It is true that it is possible that the new watch can also be launched later than normal.
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