The Apple Watch has evolved into an excellent fitness tracker and smartwatch. The first model could only tell you time and receive from a paired iPhone. Over the years, Apple Watch has gained significant capabilities. That said, there are many things that Apple could improve further. The company releases a new model every fall and there is plenty of room for improvements.
Better battery life
Lackluster battery life has been an Achilles’ heel of the Apple Watch for a long time. With normal usage, an Apple Watch will get you through to only one and a half-day. On the other hand, the Fitbit smartwatch and trackers may last for three days or more. As an example, Fitbit Versa 3 can last for six days on a single charge. For Apple fans, they would love to see a new Apple Watch model with a much better battery life. If Apple Watch could last longer on a single charge, it will be more useful as a sleep and fitness tracker. The best ways to achieve this are to increase battery capacity, use a more efficient chipset and optimize the operating system.
Use of ultra-wideband chip
The U1 chipset comes with an ultra-wideband chip, which is a wireless short-range technology to track location with a higher degree of accuracy. It’s not a replacement for GPS, rather it helps Apple devices to communicate with one another in the same room. The AirDrop data sharing feature can work better and quicker because the location of each device is known more accurately. There are other implementations as well. For example, Apple Watch can work as digital car keys if it has a UWB feature enabled. At the moment, the UWB chip in Apple Watch is disabled and it has plenty of potential to offer.
Detailed sleep tracking features
At the moment, Apple Watch has limited sleep tracking metrics, it could only record respiratory rate, sleeping pattern trends, time spent in bed, and sleep duration. It does come with the ability to improve sleep quality, like setting sleep goals and preparing users to wind down before bed. Compared to competing devices, Apple Watch has limited capabilities by comparison. As an example, smartwatches released by Amazon, Samsung, Oura, and Fitbit can record light, deep, and REM phases to track our sleep quality. For some people, general sleep information isn’t enough and they want to have the additional context to their sleep quality.
Apple Watch does well in tracking fitness performance, such as keeping us updated on long-term progress and showing how many calories we have burned. However, it still doesn’t tell us when it’s time for a rest day. It’s easy to get fixated on our routine physical activity and we forget that we need to take a break to recover. We will get fewer results and injuries are more likely to happen if we push ourselves harder. In a comparison, fitness trackers of Fitbit and Oura have readiness score that tells us whether our body is rested enough and can deal with a heavy workout.
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