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Apple Watch to Finally get Sleep Tracking for 2020 Models

One of the next Apple Watch's biggest appeals isn't just its design or simplicity, but it's water-proof status. But one big trait other fitness trackers have had over Apple in the wearable tech field is sleep tracking. But the 2020 model may include this long-awaited feature.

Apple's drive for innovation is beginning to wane, but this new apple watch update could be a sign of better things to come. ¦ Pixabay

Apple's drive for innovation is beginning to wane, but this new apple watch update could be a sign of better things to come. ¦ Pixabay

As mentioned, the waterproof-ness of an Apple Watch remains extremely useful and singular. But many tech insiders suspect that Google will soon release a Pixel Watch. As a result of this, Apple has to be quaking in their Silicon Valley techwear sneakers.

But the Apple Watch has always lacked the basic function of sleep tracking since its first model.

Many users relied on third-party apps to track their sleep, but a new report suggests that Apple itself may be amending this issue in their upcoming smartwatch lineup.

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Do you have a favorite fitness tracker or do you rely on third-party apps with your Apple Watch? | Consumer Reports

Fierce Competition From FitBit and Others

Honestly, the Apple Watch needs a native sleep tracking feature to remain relevant in the wearable tech field moving forward. With the release of several foldable smart devices, they must be feeling the pressure to innovate. After all, Apple is known for innovation, right?

Devices from other competitors such as Garmin, Withings, and Fitbit all have sleep tracking.

Beyond that, Apple acquired Beddit, the Finnish company, in 2017. That company created a sleep tracking mattress sensor, so Apple has access to the technology.

Apple Insider stated that Apple is “reportedly” in employee focus group testing for a sleep tracking feature right now. That means that sleep tracking could be incorporated as part of the Bedtime Feature from iOS 10.

As Apple wants to become a larger player in health-based technology, adding sleep tracking would make for an important (if severely delayed) first step.

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A bigger battery would help with charge life, but increased power would eat into battery life. | Ars Technica

Ways to Compensate for the Sleep Tracking Feature

As a Fitbit Charge 2 user, I can attest to the usefulness of its sleep tracking. Honestly, not a product plug here, but that’s one of the key reasons I picked up this fitness tracker. However, battery life also plays a key role in how consumers pick products.

The Apple Watch Series 4 only gets about two days of battery life on one charge. Your average FitBit gives you between four and seven days on a single charge. That means that you can more easily and steadily track your sleep patterns.

However, a Bloomberg report theorizes that Apple may tackle battery life in its 2020 model.

This next smartwatch may have a “low power mode” which means that the wearable tech could measure your sleep while using much less battery life. But it could also mean a bigger battery in the next model.

Apple’s Home and Accessories product category generation $17.4-billion USD in 2018.

If the 2020 Apple Watch doesn’t have sleep tracking, it will be interesting to see if 2019’s numbers meet target expectations.

Read More: How Techwear Can Help You Sleep Better

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