Over the years ever since the Apple Watch was introduced, we’ve been hearing various stories of how the device has saved the lives of many of its users by alerting them to potential heart issues. This allowed the wearer to seek out medical treatment early, which as a result potentially saved many lives in the process.
After about a year or so of making the rumor rounds, Apple finally confirmed that native sleep tracking would be introduced in watchOS 7. This is great news for those who want to track their sleeping patterns, but it also raises a new problem: battery. How are users expected to wear the watch all day and all night? When would be a good time to charge it?
So yesterday Apple announced the next major update to the Apple Watch in the form of watchOS 7. However, the bad news is that if you are using the Apple Watch Series 1 or the Series 2, it seems that your device will be ineligible for the upcoming update, so it looks like last year’s watchOS 6 was the last major update for your device.
Washing your hands is a common practice in good hygiene, but it has become more important than ever with the coronavirus pandemic, where washing your hands properly and thoroughly with soap and water will help reduce the chance of you getting infected (especially if you touch your face, mouth, and eyes often).
Sleep tracking seems like a rather basic feature that we would expect of any wearable, but for some reason, Apple has not baked it into the Apple Watch. We had heard back in 2019 that Apple was planning on introducing the feature to its wearable, but it did not materialize in watchOS 6.
While the Apple Watch’s heart rate detection feature has saved many lives in the past, it seems that the built-in fall detection tool is also performing rather well. According to a report from KETV, it seems that a 92-year old farmer from Grant, Nebraska has his Apple Watch to thank after it saved his life.
The Apple Watch, for the most part, is a fully enclosed device save for its speaker grills. This is where water can get into the watch, but Apple has that problem figured out. In case you did not know, the Apple Watch has a “Water Lock” feature that allows users to lock the display of their device so that when they’re swimming, it prevents the water from interfering with the […]
As some of you might recall, back in early 2019, Apple announced that they would be cancelling their AirPower wireless charging mat. This was hot on the heels of various reports in which it claimed that Apple had run into some technical hurdles with the device and could not solve it in time.
One of the newer features of the Apple Watch is its built-in ECG monitoring tool. However, due to the nature of the tool, it requires it to be approved by medical bodies in the countries they launch in. As a result, the ECG tool while present in the Apple Watch, is not enabled for various countries around the world.
One of the features Apple introduced to the Apple Watch a few years ago is fall detection. This relies on sensors built into the wearable in which when it detects that the user has fallen, it will prompt them to respond. If they don’t respond in a timely manner, it will presume that the user is unconscious or unresponsive and will call for help on their behalf.
When Apple launched the Apple Watch Series 4, they introduced a slight redesign with a larger display, which they continued to use in the Series 5. If you were hoping that the Series 6 would bring about a new design, you might be disappointed because according to a tweet by @L0vetodream, that may not be happening.
The Apple Watch has done a great job so far of being able to pick up on heart issues, but what about other health problems? It turns out that one potential new feature coming to the Apple Watch is the ability to look out for mental health problems, such as panic attacks. This is according to Jon Prosser who recently spoke on an episode of the Geared Up podcast.
It is often recommended that features on our smartwatches, like the ECG tool built into the Apple Watch, should not be used to replace actual professional medical equipment. This means that you shouldn’t 100% rely on the readings to self-diagnose, but rather you could take the readings as a sign that you should get yourself checked out.
The Apple Watch at the moment has the ability to detect irregular heart rates and inform the wearer that they might need to see a doctor. However, it seems that in the future, the Apple Watch will not only be able to detect heart rates, but it might also have the ability to detect sharks while you’re in the water.