Last year, Apple Beddit bought a small boot that made a device that is on your mattress and tracks how much sleep you get per night.
Now, almost 18 months later, Apple released a new version of Beddit with a few minor hardware improvements, which again emphasizes that the iPhone giant wants to break into tracking of health.
The new accessory is called Beddit Sleep Monitor 3.5, and it costs $ 150 from Apple. The latest version that Beddit sold as an independent company was version 3.0.
From the product page:
"BedDit Sleep Monitor automatically tracks your sleep and works with the Beddit app on iPhone to measure, manage and improve sleep. The sensor strip is extremely thin, flat and soft ̵
The new version will keep the Beddit brand, instead of spraining the Apple logo. But there are some signs that it's a full Apple accessory. An Apple's FCC filing earlier this week revealed that the product is labeled "Designed by Beddit in California, mounted in China", an adaptation of the expression that Apple prints on most of the products.
Bedtit fits well with Apple's new focus on health and well-being tracking. Apple's main product for breaking into health is Apple Watch, which recently has cardiac monitoring features, but it requires nightly charging, which makes it unsuitable for sleep tracing.
But Beddit does not require charging. It is a thin strip as you put on your mattress and power via USB. It connects to an iPhone app and Apple health software so you can check how much sleep you have and how well you sleep. The latest version is not compatible with Android phones, but you need an iPhone that runs the latest version of iOS.