Sleep tracking has been an intended feature for the Apple Watch for the last five years, Apple VP of technology Kevin Lynch has revealed in an interview, with its inclusion in watchOS 7 and iOS 14 being a sign Apple is keen to do more with its years of research on the subject.
Apple has made quite a few changes to iOS 14 and watchOS 7 to help users take care of their bodies, with Health changes including a new focus on sleep management as well as the usual slate of fitness tracking enhancements.
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The Apple Research app has been updated, with it now including a new "Speech in Noise" test for the Apple Hearing Study along with a survey for the Apple Heart & Movement Study to examine the effects of COVID-19.
Stanford University's Health Innovation Lab has opened enrollment for a new study that aims to see if wearable devices, such as the Apple Watch, can be used to track and identify diseases like COVID-19.
Apple is supposedly developing new mental health features for the Apple Watch line that allow the wearable to detect panic attacks, with the capability potentially slated for launch with a next-generation "watchOS 7" this fall.
Apple has reopened all of its operational Apple Stores in Australia, following their closure because of the coronavirus outbreak. Each of the stores has introduced social distancing and temperature checks.