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SAN FRANCISCO — Should you lose sleep because Apple failed to include a native sleep-monitoring app with the Series 5 Apple Watch announced along with the iPhone 11 on Tuesday?
It had been rumored that this feature would make it onto the latest $399 (on up) watch. The fact it was still missing roused critical voices on social media.
Sleep tracking was the thing that would have sealed the deal, tweeted @remyperona.
No sleep tracking on the Apple Watch is the last thing holding me back from getting one
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We could see Apple introduce sleep tracking next week— Rémy Perona ???? (@remyperona) September 10, 2019
Not sure the watch was an actual yawn for @Jasmin_Rahman, but it wasn't yet the update of her dreams:
I was almost really excited for the new apple watch but it doesn't track sleep— Jasmin Rahman (@Jasmin__Rahman) September 10, 2019
And there was this tweet from @drewphilips_, musing about where that chunk of money should actually go:
Should I get an Apple Watch or a bed that is big enough for me to sleep comfortably in ...?
????????♂️— drew 2 (@drewphilips_) September 10, 2019
What the new watch does have is a compass and a welcome “always-on” Retina display Apple promoted on the web with a touch of perhaps unintended irony: “This watch has a display that never sleeps.”
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Apple Watch may get sleep tracking as soon as next week
The Apple Watch might include sleep tracking sooner than you think. Sources talking to 9to5Mac claim to have significant details as to how the health feature will work, with word that it might be announced "as early as next week" at the September 10th event. Some details aren't surprising, but they suggest this isn't just a throwaway addition. The technology would rely solely on the watch's motion, heart rate and noise detection to gauge the quality of your sleep. You wouldn't need a Beddit sensor to fill in the gaps.
The reality is that you can monitor your Zzzzs on the Apple Watch, through a host of third-party apps found in the App Store. Some are free, and some carry a fee or have premium features you have to pay for. The list includes AutoSleep Tracker Watcher for Watch, Sleep Pulse , Sleep++, Sleep Watch Sleep Cycle, and Pillow Automatic Sleep Tracker.
But Apple doesn’t offer the kind of baked-in sleep-monitoring functionality that, say, Fitbit offers customers who wear its Versa 2 to bed.
Why is Apple sleeping on tracking?
The suggestion that Apple might add native sleep tracking to its watch dates at least as far back as 2017 when it bought Beddit, a Finnish producer of sleep-tracking sensors you place under your sheets.
Apple won’t come right out and say why it’s been sleeping on this feature, ever since.
One consideration could be battery life, since the 18 hours of juice it now boasts raises the question of when exactly would a user charge the thing. In reality, though, the relatively small battery inside Apple Watch means you can charge it or top it off pretty quickly.
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Apple, which has been quite health focused – its Series 4 and Series 5 watches have a built-in ECG and can detect falls – might also not be satisfied with the quality and accuracy behind sleep tracking at this stage.
And some people, meanwhile, just won't want to wear anything on their wrists when they call it a night.
Eric Cohen, senior vice president of consumer business at Cambridge Consultants, says that “Apple knows that monitoring sleep, heart rate variability, and stress are key to understanding human function.” But he adds that “the problem is that multiple startups have already come and gone that took a gamble on our willingness to wear awkward devices in bed. Users don’t like wearing devices to their most sacred space, the bedroom, and there’s anecdotal evidence that many Apple Watch users remove the device at night, even if only to charge the battery.”
Cohen is confident that Apple could get the tech right. But he also believes that maybe the future is in "contactless" sleep monitoring based on sensors that can detect such physiological parameters as heart rate and respiration.
“While the Apple Watch Series 5 may be missing great sleep tracking features,” he says, “consumers will soon be wearing nothing at all.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Apple Watch Series 5 isn't yet answer to sleep tracking dreams
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