Apple Watch could someday monitor stress levels, prevent panic attacks

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One of the improvements coming to future Apple Watches could be warning the wearer of upcoming panic attacks.
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Your Apple Watch could eventually keep an eye on more than your physical health. A future watchOS wearable will reportedly monitor the user’s stress level. This could go all the way to warning the wearer ahead of time that they could be close to a panic attack.

Apple Watch could monitor your stress levels

Max Weinbach of XDA Developers, via EverythingApplePro, claims two sources told him that Apple is having internal discussions about monitoring the stress levels of Apple Watch wearers. The first step would be detecting stress levels and panic attacks.

“The Watch is then supposed to learn over time what symptoms occur before and during the panic attack,” Weinbach said via Twitter. “Eventually, the goal is to detect panic attacks before they happen, warn the user beforehand and offer assistance (such as breathing exercises).”

But this isn’t a feature coming to this fall’s Apple Watch Series 6. Weinbach says it’s “2 years or more from launch.”

Near-term improvements

Long before then, respected Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the 2020 Apple Watch will offer better performance than the current one, and include improved wireless speeds.  It might also have enhanced water resistance.

And watchOS 7 could bring shareable Watch faces, and improvements aimed at children. That includes changing the way Activity rings work on kids’ devices.