A new feature for the Apple Watch will look to help users get more restful sleep.
According to a report from 9to5Mac which cites sources inside Apple, the company is currently developing a new app for its Apple Watch that will track users’ data in order to help improve the quality of their shut-eye.
The feature, reportedly codenamed ‘Burrito’ will use multiple sensors on the watch to track different sleep metrics including heart rate, movement, and noise levels for users who wear their Apple Watch to bed.
That data will then be parsed and displayed to users via Apple’s Health app as well as a new yet-to-be-unveiled Sleep app, says 9to5Mac.
To help combat an inevitable conundrum created by the fact that most users wait until bedtime to recharge their depleted devices, Apple will reportedly send users notifications to remind them to charge their watch before heading off to bed.
In addition to the new sleep-tracking features, 9to5Mac reports that Apple will also tinker with the way its alarms and ‘Do Not Disturb’ function operates.
If users get up and begin moving around before their alarm goes off, the Apple Watch will automatically turn users’ alarms off.
The new feature will also change alarms to play on the Apple Watch only, using iPhones as a backup in addition to automatically turning on ‘Do Not Disturb’ — which silences notifications — when users go to bed.
It’s unclear if the new features will be available on all Apple Watches or if they will only be loaded into a new devices that could be unveiled as soon as this month.
Earlier this year, Apple was granted a patent that would add a camera to its so-far camera-less watch, or more specifically, to the device’s wristband.
The idea entails placing a camera module in a inside the tail end of the wrist band which would be flexible enough to point in a desired direction.
Once the module is positioned and a user is ready to take a picture, one could either ‘pinch’ a section of the wristband, give a verbal command — presumably powered through iOS voice assistant, Siri — or press a button fixed to the watch’s side according to the patent.
To help maintain its shape, Apple is also mulling outfitting the its wristband with a poseable ‘core’ filled with metal, fluid, or other mechanical features.
The recent patent appears to solve the issue of where exactly to place a camera in the watch, and could prospectively make an Apple Watch less of a companion and more of a viable sit-in for its iPhone.