Apple Working on New Apps for the Apple Watch to Track Sleep and Fitness Levels

In an effort to advance its HealthKit framework, Apple has reportedly been developing a pair of new apps for the Apple Watch. One will help users track and analyze their sleep and the other will their track fitness levels by measuring the time taken for the heart rate to fall from its peak to resting level, Bloomberg reports.

The company is also working on new apps for the Apple Watch, including one that helps users in tracking their sleeping patterns. Another app that the Cupertino company is working on will measure a person’s fitness levels by measuring the time it takes for their heart rate to fall from its peak to resting level.

Apple wants to build more software and services so that they act as an additional source of revenue. It will also make up for the slowdown in innovation in mobile hardware.

One of the sources revealed to Bloomberg that adding more sensors to the Apple Watch will not be of much use. For example, a glucometer or a blood-pressure monitor sensor inside the Apple Watch will be useful for a limited set of people. Additionally, any new medical sensor will also require Apple to get the approval from FDA in the US that can make things difficult to Apple. This source revealed the data captured by an accelerometer is enough to monitor a person’s health, but the software available today is unable to parse that data.

“If they are going to an FDA device, it would need to have enough battery life to last a day, and something where it independently functions from your phone,” according to a health-care consultant cited in the article. An FDA approval would also require the wearable device to include an embedded cellular chip so it could work standalone.

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