Apple is slated to develop new mental health features for the Apple line that allow the laptop to detect panic attacks, with capacity potentially slated for launch with a next generation “OS 7” this fall.
According to broadcaster Jon Prosser, who appeared on the Geared Up podcast this week, Apple is working on a new Apple hardware and software feature capable of recognizing panic attacks.
The system will use a new blood oxygen sensor, coupled with specialized software, to detect when a user is hyperventilating, said Prosser. Hyperventilation, high heart rate and shortness of breath are symptoms of panic attacks that can be quantified by existing or suspected equipment.
“They can take the oxygen levels in your blood, along with your heart rate, and determine if you’re hyperventilating,” said Prosser of the Apple project. “They can identify a panic attack before it happens and warn you. Especially if you are driving, they will ask you to stop and they will offer you breathing exercises once you are stopped. It is incredible. “
It is not yet known whether the material will be sensitive enough to alert users to a panic attack before it occurs.
Prosser “hopes” that the feature will be introduced at WWDC 2020 in June, although Apple may suspend the announcement until a new generation of Apple makes its debut this fall. Alternatively, it could be a 2021 version. The method is unlikely to be released to WWDC if it relies on unpublished material, although the system may extract data from the sensors. Existing Apple.
Apple’s plethysmograph heart rate sensor technology, which debuted with the first model in 2015, is technically capable of measuring blood oxygen levels. The reason the company did not choose to take advantage of this capacity is not known, but the decision could be related to the accuracy of the system or regulatory approval.
Prosser’s claims extend to reports in March that Apple integrated a working blood oxygen sensor and updated ECG hardware into a so-called “Apple Series 6” later this year. An alleged leak last week hinted at the inclusion of a pulse oximeter and the ability to detect “mental health anomalies”.