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References to Apple Watch Blood Oxygen Feature Found in iOS 14

References to Apple Watch Blood Oxygen Feature Found in iOS 14

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References to a new Apple Watch feature that will be able to detect Blood Oxygen levels have been found in iOS 14, reports 9to5Mac.

The site found the references during an exclusive look at code snippets for the company's next major software update.

Normal blood oxygen saturation levels are between 95 - 100%. Anything below 90% is considered low. If your arterial blood oxygen levels drop below 80%, it could compromise organ function and continued low levels could lead to respiratory or cardiac arrest.

It appears that Apple is developing a new health notification based on this measurement.

When Apple Watch detects low blood oxygen saturation below a certain threshold, a notification will trigger alerting the user similar to current heart rate notifications.

At this point it's unclear whether a hardware update will be required or if Apple can enable this feature through the built-in heart rate monitor on the Apple Watch Series 4 and later.

The site also says that Apple is working an upgrade to the ECG feature which would fix inconclusive ECG readings when your heart rate is between 100 and 120 beats per minute. Again, it's unclear if that upgrade will be software only or requires new hardware.

Finally, Apple is also said to be working on sleep tracking features for a future Sleep app. This has been rumored for some time.

Apple typically unveils its major software updates at WWDC in June; however, it's unclear if that event will be taking place this year due to coronavirus.

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References to Apple Watch Blood Oxygen Feature Found in iOS 14