The Apple Watch Series 6 will add a blood oxygen monitor to its feature list when it launches later this year, according to a new report from DigiTimes.
PApple Watch 6 will have biosensors that can monitor sleep conditions, detect oxygen in the blood and will measure pulse rate, heart rate, and atrial fibrillation, and will also incorporate MEMS-based accelerometer and gyroscope, allowing the new device to continue to lead measurement accuracy among portable devices.
Sources on the Taiwanese website say that the new generation pApple Watch underg has undergone a “smooth development” thanks to a close collaboration between Apple and the Taiwanese company ASE Technology, which has obtained important backend orders for the device.
The leaked code found in iOS 14 has previously suggested that Apple is working on an Apple Watch that can detect blood oxygen levels.
According to the discovered code, Apple will provide notifications when blood oxygen levels drop below a healthy threshold, which is approximately between 95 and 100 percent saturation. Decreased blood oxygen levels may suggest a serious respiratory or heart problem.
The code is unclear whether the feature would be limited to new Apple Watch Series 6 devices or whether it would be presented as a software update to watchOS 7, but the current report suggests that it may be exclusive to the Series 6.
When the original WatchApple Watch was released in 2015, iFixit discovered that Apple’s heart rate sensors have the ability to monitor blood oxygen levels, but Apple has never activated it.
Other manufacturers of smartwatch and fitness trackers, including Google-owned Fitbit, already offer blood oxygen monitoring features on some of their portable devices, so Apple is up to par in the area, but that could mean that the company has a more advanced implementation of the function in the works.
Apple Watch Series 6 models, which are in development for a fall release, are expected to have faster performance, better water resistance and faster wireless transmission for faster cell speed for Wi-Fi.
These improvements will be made in part through a rumor of swap to liquid crystal polymer or LCP material for flexible circuit boards that are expected to be included in the Apple Watch Series 6, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.