The Apple Watch Series 6 will include blood oxygen monitoring among its functions, as DigiTimes revealed in a new report.
It is not the first time that the inclusion of a blood oxygen meter has been claimed in the next generation of Apple smart watches. There were already hints in the leaked code for iOS 14 before it was released in June that suggested Apple was working on a feature like this for the Apple Watch.
According to what we know, the watch will notify when oxygen levels fall below the threshold considered healthy, which are between 95 and 100% saturation. Below this limit, the drop in blood oxygen can cause serious respiratory and cardiac problems.
It is unknown if this new feature will be exclusive to the next Apple Watch model. or if it will be extended to previous models through a system update, but for the moment the DigiTimes report points out that it will be a unique feature of the next model.
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Already at the launch of the original Apple Watch, from the iFixit medium confirmed that the Apple Watch heart sensor was capable of measuring the level of oxygen in the blood. However, 5 years later Apple has not yet activated this feature on their device.
Nowadays, other competing brands like Fitbit, now belonging to the Google conglomerate, they already offer this feature among their devices, so Apple is lagging behind in this regard. In any case, counting on how Apple is used to doing things, if indeed the Apple Watch Series 6 includes this feature, it will surely do so with a much more advanced implementation than that of the competition.
The next Apple Watch Series 6 will focus its improvements on higher performance, better sealing against bad weather and water and better connections for both Wi-Fi and LTE connections. All these improvements will be possible in part thanks to the implementation of a new flexible material for the circuit board of the device that will debut in this model, as Ming-Chi Kuo pointed out in the past.