Apple Watch Series 5 has an awful lot going for it, including a brilliant always-on display, useful compass and new finishes. But one thing it lacked was sleep tracking.
Well, we all need to sleep, and tracking it can help us understand what we’re doing wrong, or right.
But the new Watch focused on a display that is on all the time. Was that the reason that the much-rumored sleep tracking feature was neglected in the latest Watch? Or was the rumor completely misplaced?
A new revelation, picked up by MacRumors, seems to confirm that the company had sleep tracking in mind.
One of the site’s readers, Daniel Marcinkowski, came across an image in an App Store listing with a direct reference to it. It says, “Set your bedtime and wake up in the Sleep app.”
Well, that’s pretty clear – though the listing now has a simpler screenshot on it with no mention of the Sleep app.
That’s not surprising as no Sleep app has yet been announced by Apple. Watch users who want to monitor their sleep need to turn to third-party apps.
But Apple bought Beddit a couple of years back and the expectation of an Apple Sleep app has been growing recently.
So, what’s going on?
It looks like Sleep tracking is coming, and that the listing spotted by the MacRumors reader was evidence that it has been accidentally revealed ahead of time.
There’s a possibility that the release has been delayed for now. And maybe that’s because of the battery issues some Watch users have found.
I should say right now that I’ve been using Apple Watch Series 5 since literally minutes after the keynote when it was announced. I have had no battery issues at all. It’s true, the always-on screen does drain the battery more than before – which must be a surprise to precisely nobody – but it still definitely offers full-day life. I routinely start wearing my Watch at 6AM and take it off some time between 10PM and 11PM. Where I used to put it on the charging puck with 45% charge left, now it’s between 20% and 30%. So, less but still more than adequate.
But some users have reported life of 12 hours and my guess is that Apple is attending to that issue before it releases Sleep tracking.
After all, that will drain the battery in a different way and may require a new approach to charging, encouraging you to put the Watch on the puck for an hour or two before you go to bed so you can wear it through the night.
My guess is that the display will be always-off rather than always-on at night time, so the extra battery drain may not be too great. But you do have to recharge it some time…
Anyway, this latest revelation by a sharp-eyed reader means the arrival of Sleep tracking is getting nearer, and fast.