What is happening
The Apple Watch is an excellent smart watch and fitness tracker, but I would love to see more health gadgets, longer battery life, and additional uses for the U1 chip.
Why it is important
Apple is the market leader in apparel, but competitors like Fitbit and Oura are leading in certain areas.
Apple is expected to unveil new features for the Apple Watch at the WWDC opening ceremony on Monday.
Firstdid very little to send notifications on your wrist. But over the years, the wearable device has become a powerful fitness tracker and communication device. However, there are many ways to improve Apple’s smartwatch.
to worka wide selection of workouts, intuitive software, and addictive Action Rings have made it my favorite fitness tracker, and I often see that I want more. Other gadget manufacturers, for example and Fitbit is ahead of Apple in some areas, especially sleep monitoring. It’s time for Apple to mature, and I hope that its next smartwatch will help the company get there.
Apple usually releases new onesmodels fall. But we expect to take a look at the new software features for current and future models when Apple’s World Developers Conference kicks off on Monday. This is what I want to see.
Longer battery life
Battery life has long been the Achilles heel of the Apple Watch. Although the Apple Watch can usually hold me for about a day and a half,can last several days on a single charge. The for example, it can usually work for two to four days before requiring a charge According to CNET, it lasted up to six days. (But keep in mind that battery life will always vary depending on usage.)
I would like to see a multi-day battery life, even if only three days. That’s enough to take the Apple Watch on a weekend trip without having to worry about plugging in or packing the charger. It will also make the Apple Watch a more reliable sleep monitor. I don’t use the Apple Watch much for sleep monitoring because I think it’s a more valuable use of the training and activity tracking battery. However, increasing the time between payments may change this.
To be fair, Apple has worked to improve thisFilling speed with Series 6 and 7. And this is useful to some extent. For example, if you wear an Apple Watch overnight, you can add it to your work in the morning, and you still have enough water to carry it during the day.
For most people, this is an adequate solution. But because I’m so busy tying my Action Rings, it’s minestays attached to my wrists while I’m awake. As I prepare to leave the house in the morning, I rely on him to keep me on schedule, so I prefer him to sit on his wrist rather than the charger.
Apple may have another battery solution in its pipeline that could debut in the WatchOS 9. According to Bloomberg, the update may include a new low-power mode that allows the Apple Watch to run some apps and features while protecting its battery. It seems that the new function will allow more functionality than the current power reserve mode, which only shows the time of the clock.
Training recovery features
The Apple Watch can tell me a lot about how many active calories I burn and the long-term progress toward my fitness goals. But nothing can tell me if I need a day off?
I usually force myself to exercise when I have to take a break sometimes because I’m so determined to wear my Action Rings. There are times when I know I can push myself more, but I still choose to train easier. It would be great if the Apple Watch could help me make decisions based on body signals, recent activity, and sleep.
already offers sizes such as: . As the name suggests, a training score indicates whether your body is getting enough rest to cope with a heavy workout, or whether you need to skip the gym and relax. Both Oura and Fitbit offer tips and can adjust your fitness goals based on your score. For example, these programs may tell you to pay attention to how you feel, and if you get a low score, you can relax a bit. If you get good or average points, they can offer you to train at an intermediate level.
If you haven’t made much progress in closing your rings, the Apple Watch may prompt you to take action. It can congratulate you, especially when you spend an active day. However, it does not have a specific metric that prefers recovery, such as Oura and Fitbit’s training scores. Mindfulness program andintermediation programs certainly help, but it would be nice to see that the recovery process is built on the goals and performance of the Apple Watch.
It sounds small, but tips like this go a long way. On days when I feel tired, a low preparation score and a reminder to ease further confirm that if I can’t stand it, I don’t need to go to a full workout. Apple Watchdon’t go far enough because it’s easy to turn a blind eye to them. Preparatory honey is usually more closely linked to my feelings based on sleep and activity, so it feels more meaningful without reminding me to take a deep breath.
The Apple Watch is already doing a good job of encouraging me to move. Now I just need to be reminded to relax.
More sleep tracking
Apple can record indicators such as sleep duration, time spent in bed, sleep patterns trends, and respiratory rate, but that’s all. It’s just that the Apple Watch doesn’t have much to offer compared to otherswhen it comes to sleep monitoring.
To start, I would like to see how much time I spend in deep, light and REM sleep. Fitbit, worn by Oura,and Apple can do that, because Apple is a key indicator. Total sleep duration may not be enough information for some people. However, the additional context of sleep-specific situations helped me to understand why I might feel tired even if I went to bed early at night. Some wears go further and provide additional indicators such as heart rate and body temperature during sleep.
Apple offers other sleep-enhancing features, such as tools to relax before bed and set sleep goals. There are also several third-party apps, such as Pillow and AutoSleep, that bring additional features to the Apple Watch, such as sleep cycle tracking. However, the addition of more comprehensive sleep monitoring to Apple’s program will make the Apple Watch feel more like a comprehensive health device. Bloomberg did not share additional details, but said an expanded sleep tracking system could come this year.
Different activity goals for certain days of the week
It is rare that any day is the same. Factors such as how much I slept the night before, social plans, what I ate that day, and whether or not I went to the office all affect how active I am. Therefore, I would like to adjust the goals of the Apple Watch to each day of the week.
You can change your movement, posture and training goalsBy opening the Action application and clicking the Change Goals button. However, there is no option to adapt these goals to specific working days. For example, on days when I knew I was going to the office, I would like to increase my goal, because my travels include a lot of walks.
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More use for U1 chip
Apple Watch Series 6 and 7, as well, 12 and 13 have Apple’s U1 ultra-broadband chip. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s an ultra-broadband wireless short-range protocol that allows you to track your exact location. But don’t think of it as an alternative to GPS. Instead, UWB is often used to help devices communicate with nearby gadgets in the same room. This allows Apple’s AirDrop sharing feature to run faster because it can, for example, find other iPhones nearby more accurately.
Ultra broadband or UWB also improves the performance of the iPhone and Apple Watch models as digital car keys. Compatible cars can recognize your device when it’s nearby, which means it will unlock the car as you approach it, rather than asking you to keep your phone or Apple Watch next to the main reader.
This is a promising start, but I would like to see more intelligent use cases for the U1 chip. Theoretically, UWB can give our devices another layer of intelligence, which in essence allows nearby gadgets to react to your presence. My colleague Stephen Shankland put forward some ideas on how UWB can be useful in practice.last year.
Imagine that your TV can automatically switch to the correct Netflix profile once it recognizes that your phone or watch is nearby. Or if your smart speaker only gives calendar alerts about the people in the room? Apparently, Apple is moving in this direction, can provide certain haptic effects when transferring sound to an iPhone equipped with UWB. I hope to see more functionality like this in the Apple Watch.
We’ll probably have to wait until the fall to find out what to expect for the next Apple Watch. Based on Apple’s history, it seems reasonable to expect the usual improvements as a new processor. But sinceRather than upgrading from generation 6 to Series, I hope to see bigger updates in the near future.