The next Apple Watch could feature blood oxygen monitoring sensor

Yolanda Curtis
August 2, 2020

Notably, one variant (A2327) of the alleged Apple Watch Series 6 will feature a 303.8mAh battery (3.85Vdc, 1.17Wh). However, if a recent report from DigiTimes is to be believed, it appears that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6 might include a blood oxygen sensor.

It was never clear from the code, however, what Apple Watch models would support the feature, but despite the belief that current models could support blood oxygen monitoring, it seems that it may indeed only be coming to the Apple Watch Series 6.

First spotted by MacRumors, the report claims that a new sensor will be able to measure blood oxygen levels as well as the many other stats it is already capable of tracking.

Rumors of a circular watch face on the Apple Watch have been making the rounds for a few years now, and Apple has even issued a couple of Apple Watch patents that show what a round display could look like. Back in 2018, watchOS 5 added irregular heart rhythm notifications to all Apple Watch models going back to the Series 1, but Apple didn't mention that at WWDC 2018 as it actually formed part of the much bigger announcement of the ECG capabilities in the Apple Watch Series 4.

The report also states that Apple's supplier ASE Technology has managed to win the majority of Apple Watch Series 6 orders from the company this year.

This would be good timing, because some doctors are recommending pulse oximeter devices to monitor COVID-19 symptoms, and people have begun buying pulse oximeters during the coronavirus pandemic. Your Apple Watch Series 6 will maybe have the Blood Oxygen Sensor and it will be a very helpful sensor for a lot of users. If blood oxygen levels are too low, your body may not work correctly. According to 9to5Mac, the ring system (used for activity tracking) would be based on different metrics. They can identify a panic attack before it happens and warn you on your watch.

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