Apple Watch to get built-in sleep tracking by 2020, says report

New report suggests the big feature is coming
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The Apple Watch is tipped to get built-in sleep tracking features with the Cupertino company said to be in the process of testing out the feature before it rolls it out to its smartwatch.

That's according to a report by Bloomberg, which claims sleep-tracking has been tested at secret sites at its various headquarters. Should all the testing go to plan and it works without issues, it will apparently roll out to the Apple Watch by 2020.

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While Apple's fitness tracking features do impress, the lack of native sleep tracking support has been disappointing. There are a whole host of third party Apple Watch sleep tracker apps available, but Apple has yet to offer its own option to track your bed time and serve up those sleep metrics.

After Apple acquired sleep tracker company Beddit in 2017, we anticipated this was a move to finally join the likes of Samsung, Garmin and Fitbit in offering the ability to monitor sleep from the wrist. So far that acquisition has provided us with a new Beddit sleep sensor, but nothing in the way of sleep features for the Apple Watch.

Battery life on the Apple Watch has always felt like a stumbling block for rolling out sleep tracking support and it's likely this is something Apple is looking at with its testing process. Maybe something will need to be done on the power consumption front in watchOS to make this is a feature worth using.

Apple is clearly playing catch up with its rivals in offering native sleep tracking, but here's hoping that when it does land, it'll be well worth the wait.


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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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