(Pocket-lint) – Apple’s developer conference – WWDC – kicks off this week, with the company expected to announce what features will be coming to iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 later this year.
It looks as though we might know one of those coming to watchOS 8 early though, after it was spotted that a new profile for the Apple Watch App Store was deployed a little early with a hint at a new feature.
The profile has reference to “come.apple.Mind” on watchOS – spotted by Twitter user Khaos Tian (@KhaosT) – and the tweet asked followers to guess what they thought it might mean. Mark Gurman – who is very reliable when it comes to detailing information on Apple products prior to their official launch – replied to the tweet suggesting a new version of the Breathe app for Apple Watch.
New version of the Breathe app https://t.co/AY0WVYMz5V
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) June 6, 2021
The Breathe app on Apple Watch is currently designed to help you relax by guiding you through a series of deeps breaths by following the animation on the Watch’s display in order help you focus. Throughout the day – if you have reminders on – it will remind you to take time to breathe during the day, but that’s about it. Meanwhile, competitors like Fitbit’s Sense smartwatch offer a more indepth approach than the Apple Watch, looking to manage stress too and offer feedback.
A new version of the Breathe app that introduces more features, such as meditation programs, for example, would make complete sense. Apple already offers ‘Mindful Cooldowns’ within its Fitness+ offering, so seeing this expand further into something like a Mind app would be a logical step.
Writing by Britta O’Boyle.