Apple Series 6 may add anxiety monitoring and sleep tracking

A new leak claims that the Apple Series 6 will add mental health features, a longer battery life, and an extension of existing sensors so that the device can measure blood oxygenation.

Apple’s current Apple Series 5

It is rumored that Apple’s next update for Apple, which is presumed to be the 6 series, will include features related to user monitoring for mental health issues, including anxiety. Twitter user Nikias Molina has no previous track known in Apple news, but now has details that have been confirmed by prolific loser Jon Prosser.

Exclusive leaks on the next #Apple Characteristics of series 6.

Sleep tracking

Longer battery life

Pulse oximeter

S6 chip

Detection of mental health anomalies

Stay tuned for more.

– Nikias Molina #BeHappy (@NikiasMolina) April 30, 2020

Molina says the Apple Series 6 will contain sleep tracking for a long time, as well as a series of hitherto unknown mental health anomalies. These will in part be an extension of current heart rate monitoring and will look for signs of unusual anxiety in users.

Asked about this and Molina’s claim that the 6 series will have a longer battery life, a pulse oximeter and will run on an S6 chip, Jon Prosser tweeted “Yep!” without further details. Molina claims he has more to follow at an unspecified time.

Apple, as it stands, has a heart rate sensor that has been used as a pulse oximeter in other medical grade devices. The feature is not enabled at this time and would require FDA approval to be used by consumers as a health monitoring device similar to what it had to get for EKG technology.

The addition of sleep tracking to Apple in 2020 has already been the subject of rumors. Adding sleep tracking would require more battery life, as most users currently charge the device at night. Alternatively, a low-power implementation and Apple’s switch to some sort of faster Qi-related charge than the one it currently uses could only impose a quick charge in the morning.

This monitoring could be implemented as an extension of the existing Bedtime functionality that was introduced in iOS 10.

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