Apple Watch gets a makeover

Workouts have become more efficient.

Your Apple Watch is about to get even better at fitness tracking.

Apple announced a host of new features for watchOS 9 at its WWDC 2022 event, including improved running tracking, heart rate zone tracking, and custom workout creation.

Runners will be especially thrilled with this update. The Apple Watch will be able to track running metrics such as stride length or ground contact time. It will also automatically track your most common routes and allow you to race against yourself, alerting you to how well you can beat your best time. This will also let you set a goal for your run, so your watch will keep pace with alerts and metrics as you go.

For those of you who don’t like running, Apple announced a bunch of other updates for all kinds of workouts. For triathletes, for example, the Apple Watch will use motion sensors to automatically change how it tracks each type of activity — running, swimming, or biking — then give you a detailed, specific readout when you’re done. coaching.

Or if you’re a strong swimmer, Apple Watch will be able to give you a SWOLF score, which is a number of strokes combined with the time it takes to swim along the pool. Or, let’s say you’re very concerned about the intensity of your workout: the heart rate zone tracking feature will help you track the intensity. If you’ve ever taken a class at Orangetheory Fitness, it’s a very familiar concept. But, actually, it can be used to build a tough, well-balanced workout.

Along with the fitness updates, Apple announced a number of health updates to the watch, including more detailed sleep tracking and AFib tracking.

Watch users will be able to track things like REM sleep, deep sleep, or deep sleep in the Sleep app, along with detailed information like sleep time, heart rate, and respiratory rate. The Health app will even create graphs to track this information over time. The Apple Watch will also now be able to track a user’s AFib history. Apple Watch’s ECG app and irregular rhythm notification system can alert people to the risk of AFib, which is a condition that can lead to stroke.

For a full breakdown of Apple Watch updates, like a medication tracking system, you can head to Apple’s website(opens in a new tab).

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