We haven’t much about this year’s hardware update to the Apple Watch so far. A report from Digitimes today suggests that Apple has made a manufacturing deal with supplier ASE Technology, as it prepares up the production lines for Apple Watch Series 6.
Most notably, the report claims that the Watch will include a blood oxygen sensor for the first time. 9to5Mac previously found evidence of forthcoming blood oxygen monitoring support in an early build of watchOS 7.
Based on the code findings, it wasn’t clear if the feature could be unlocked for existing Watch models. It has been speculated for years that the optical heart rate sensors are also capable of measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood, at least to some approximation.