What you need to know
- Apple Watch Series 6 will offer blood oxygen level monitoring, according to a report.
- The feature will allow wearers to keep tabs on another important stat.
- The monitoring could detect when someone is having a panic attack.
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.
Apple Watch Series 6 wouldn't be the first wearable to track blood oxygen levels – Fitbit can already do it – but it would be the first time an Apple wearable has had the feature.
A previous report by Jon Prosser also suggested that blood oxygen level monitoring could be used to help detect panic attacks and more.
Leaked iOS 14 code has also previously pointed to the arrival of some sort of blood oxygen monitoring feature coming, likely to Apple Watch rather than iPhone for obvious reasons.
While Apple has already confirmed that the 2020 iPhones won't arrive in their usual release window, nothing has so far been said about Apple Watch Series 6. Don't worry though – as soon as we know, so will you!
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.