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Apple to add sleep tracking tech to future Apple Watch releases?

Apple is already planning on introducing a raft of new software features to the current and future generations of the Apple Watch hardware, reports on Monday claimed.

9to5Mac sources claim the company is beavering away on new tools for the wearable, some of which could be integrated following the WWDC 2015 conference taking place next month.

The report claimed current device owners will soon benefit from ‘Find My Watch’ functionality that’ll enable users to track down the location of their precious smart timepiece should it go missing.

Apple already enables the software for iOS and Mac OS X devices and, if anything, it was a surprise the Apple Watch launched without such a location tracker.

Intriguingly the Find My Watch functionality may also prevent iPhones going astray. According to the report, the app will allow Apple Watch owners to enable a notification if the software believes they may be leaving the smartphone behind somewhere.

Read more: Opinion: Why I’m no longer wearing an Apple Watch

Elsewhere, the software ‘roadmap’ contains several new health and fitness features, some of which will be available on this iteration of the watch, while others will only be available when Apple refreshes the hardware.

The sources say Apple is working on a tool that’d make use of the existing heart-rate sensor in order to warn the wearer if they have an irregular heartbeat. However, that feature may struggle to make it through the regulators according to the report.

In future Apple Watch iterations, the firm is planning to build in the sleep tracking technology, the current absence of which is considered a major shortcoming by some reviewers.

The company is also planning to boost the array of sensors with blood pressure and blood oxygen monitors, both of which were rumoured heavily in the build up to the launch but did not make it into the consumer device.

The Apple Watch will also be a major ‘primary input device’ for the next generation Apple TV, according to Monday’s report.

As recent reports have suggested, Apple is said to be planning a hardware refresh with a newfangled remote, Siri integration and a developer platform called TVKit. That is likely to be unveiled at WWDC 2015.

Which missing Apple Watch feature would you like to see Apple add in the coming months? Share your ideas below.

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