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Apple Watch, oxygen saturation arrives

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Soon it will be possible to measure oxygen saturation with an Apple Watch . This is what is learned from US sources: Apple is in fact implementing this feature, as evidenced by some fragments of iOS 14 code already ended up in the hands of the developers. At the moment it is not known whether the option will be enabled on all Cupertino smartwatches or only on the new models, scheduled for next autumn.

For many people – especially those with respiratory diseases – it is very important to monitor the levels of oxygen saturation in the blood. Values ​​between 95 and 100% are considered completely normal, below this threshold they can highlight lung or heart problems.

As MacRumors reports, Apple has been holding patents for years to introduce oxygen measurement on its smartwatches, so it’s not surprising the intention to introduce the functionality shortly. iFixit, for example, in 2015 discovered how the sensors used by Cupertino could be easily adapted via software to control oxygen saturation, although the option is not currently available. If so, there could be a window to bring oxygen detection even on older versions of the smartwatch.

At the moment there are no confirmations from the parts of Apple Park. We will probably have to wait for the next WWDC , the appointment chosen by the Californian group to present all its software innovations, whose date is however certain. Last week, in fact, some analysts feared the hypothesis of a postponement of the conference dedicated to developers, although it is normally held in June, for fears related to the spread of the coronavirus. All that remains is to wait, consequently, for the official presentation of watchOS 7 or other indiscretions from the developers.

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