Apple’s new patent allows iPhones to track users’ sleep patterns, customize wake up alarms

Apple may soon make iPhone and Apple watch nag you to sleep.


Apple has bagged a new patent that could allow future iPhones to track users’ sleep tracking. The patent reveals the sleep tracking technology could learn from users sleep patterns and automatically customize wake up alarms. The patent has been approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

First reported by AppleInsider, the patent outlines the use of several biometric sensors accompanied by device data will create a sleep schedule. Apparently, the sleep tracking technology will be made available on both  Apple iPhone and Apple Watch, as the patent filing mentions both smart watches and smartphone. As per reports, the sleep tracker would set up alarms by gathering user’s regular bedtime routine date and “sleep onset latency,” which is calculated as the difference of time when users hit the bed and the time when the user goes into sound sleep.

The sleep tracker is also said to track the lost latent sleep time and accordingly change the alarm. The alarm will be overridden in case of a calendar event is scheduled around that time. This basically means, Apple iPhone and Apple Watches will replicate your rest and sleep pattern and if it notes loss in rest then the tracker will alert you with push notifications to go to bed. ALSO READ: Apple will reportedly ship only 3 to 4 million units of the iPhone 8 this year

The next-gen tracker technology is said to measure pressure put on phone’s screen to track if the user is awake or asleep. During the days, the tracker will offer controlled snoozes. It is not certain if Apple will integrate this tech into future products. Lately, Apple has been focussing on technology related to health and fitness. Notably, Apple introduced Bedtime app on iOS 10 which allows users manually set their sleep goals. Last month, the company also acquired sleep tracker Beddit which hints at Apple expanding its Sleep product portfolio.

  • Published Date: June 28, 2017 6:36 PM IST