THE WHAT? The eagerly awaited launch of the new Apple Watch 6 series has unveiled a slew of updated wellness and fitness offerings, including a Blood Oxygen feature that offers users even more insight into their overall health.
THE DETAILS The watch has been launched with hardware improvements including faster S6 System in Package (SiP) and next-generation always-on altimeter.
According to a press release the watch offers a feature that ‘conveniently measures the oxygen saturation of the user’s blood, so they can better understand their overall fitness and wellness. Oxygen saturation, or SpO2, represents the percentage of oxygen being carried by red blood cells from the lungs to the rest of the body, and indicates how well this oxygenated blood is being delivered throughout the body.’
Other features include a blood oxygen sensor, with all data being visible on the app. Apple is also set to team up with researchers to conduct three health studies that include using Apple Watch to explore how blood oxygen levels can be used in future health applications.
THE WHY? The new Apple watch release is a clear indication of the company’s increased focus on health – a move that is set to take advantage of the surge in popularity of wellness products.
Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “Apple Watch Series 6 completely redefines what a watch can do. With powerful new features, including a Blood Oxygen sensor and app, Apple Watch becomes even more indispensable by providing further insight into overall well-being.”