Apple References Unreleased Sleep App for Apple Watch

MacRumors reader Daniel Marcinkowski has uncovered a reference to an unreleased Sleep app for the Apple Watch.

In the App Store listing for Apple's preinstalled Alarms app on the Apple Watch, there is a screenshot of an unreleased version of the Alarms app with a "Sleep" label and fine print that reads "set your Bedtime and wake up in the Sleep app."


Similar functionality is available on the iPhone through the Bedtime tab of the Clocks app.

There is no Sleep app or references to a Sleep app in the Alarms app on watchOS 6.0.1 or watchOS 6.1 beta, but MacRumors uncovered evidence of Apple working on a Sleep app for the Apple Watch in an internal build of iOS 13 last month, so Apple likely shared this screenshot too early by accident.

The new Sleep app on the Apple Watch will provide users with an overview of their sleeping patterns, as well as send users bedtime and battery charging reminders. Apple Watch users will be recommended to have at least 30 percent of battery life to wear it to sleep, according to an iOS 13 string seen by MacRumors.

Apple's sleep tracking functionality is referred to as "Time in Bed tracking" based on internal iOS 13 code, with one string noting that "you can also track your sleep and get woken up silently by wearing your watch to bed."

When released, the Sleep app may have a dedicated watch face available, according to the internal iOS 13 build.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman was first to report that Apple was testing sleep tracking on the Apple Watch. Back in February, he said Apple plans to roll out the feature by 2020 if the testing is deemed successful. This follows Apple's acquisition of the iPhone-connected sleep tracking accessory Beddit in 2017.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6
Tag: Sleep
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25 weeks ago
This doesn’t really look like a sleep app. It just looks like they were adding the “bedtime” feature that is already in the iOS clock app to the watch
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25 weeks ago
My question is how do you sleep wit it? Battery life isn't enough.
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25 weeks ago


My question is how do you sleep wit it? Battery life isn't enough.

I wear my AW4 to sleep every night for tracking purposes. Charge before sleeping and after waking up/getting ready. I have all-day battery life and some extra.
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25 weeks ago
Can anyone recommend an app similar to this in the mean time?

Something with a silent alarm on the watch that won’t wake up my wife!
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25 weeks ago
That’s cool that a reader found it. Props to him, it gets old when it’s always the same people going through the code lol
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25 weeks ago


This is Apple we're talking about, so yeah probably.

That said, I'd prefer a first-party solution simply because I hope it'll integrate with the alarms / bedtime feature that works really well for me. I haven't really tried 3rd party options to be honest, none have had the right appeal to me. Someone mentioned Autosleep... that didn't show up for me on the app store, but using Google I can find it. I'll definitely give that a shot.

I have a couple that I use...SleepMatic and SleepWatch. The only thing I don’t like about SleepWatch is the notifications. Every day it bombards me with how did you feel when you woke up and your sleep quality was higher/lower than usual why was that. I guess they’re just trying to get as much data as possible to be accurate but sometimes it’s like I have no idea why I slept better last night than the night before, leave me alone. Haha.
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