Apple is reportedly working on bringing a feature to the Apple Watch that has been noticeably absent since the wearable’s inception: sleep tracking. According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, “people familiar with the work” claim the iPhone maker has been testing a native sleep-tracking feature for its smartwatch over the past several months. Apple reportedly plans to introduce the feature by 2020, likely in a new model of the Apple Watch.
Despite tracking all-day activity, swimming, ECG, and more, the Apple Watch has never had a native sleep-tracking feature. That’s been a long-time disadvantage for the wearable in comparison to some of its biggest competitors like Fitbit’s Ionic and Versasmartwatches. Almost all of Fitbit’s wearables track sleep, as do devices made by Garmin, Withings, and other health-tech companies.
There are Apple Watch apps that track sleep, but they’re all made by third-party developers. Apple also isn’t a stranger to sleep tech in general: the company bought the Finnish company Beddit in 2017 and sells its sleep-tracking mattress sensor on its website.