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Apple announced some great new features for the Apple Watch with WatchOS 5: a Walkie Talkie app, Siri shortcuts and Podcast support. But as someone who uses her Watch mostly for its fitness features, those are the improvements I'm most looking forward to with the new update.
Here are the key fitness upgrades coming with WatchOS 5 in the fall.
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Don't bother messing around with the watchface when you're prepping for a sweat session; with WatchOS 5 the Apple Watch will be able to figure it out for you.
If you forgot to start a workout, you'll get an alert and vibration prompting you to begin tracking. But if you're laser focused on your workout and you take forever to respond, you'll still get retroactive credit for the activity you just did. Not only will it know when you're working out, it will know what activity you're doing. Within three minutes of you starting, the Watch will be able to figure out which of these activities you were doing: running, walking (indoor or outdoor), swimming (open or pool), elliptical and rowing machine.
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The automatic tracking also works at the end of a workout as the Watch will use your heart rate to figure out when you're winding down and remind you to end the workout so you're not getting extra credits.
The Apple Watch will be able to track hikes more accurately with WatchOS 5.
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Apple has added two Bay Area staples to its list of activities within the workout app. Yogis and hikers have always been able to track their sessions as "other" and label accordingly, but may not have been getting the most accurate credits for either.
Each activity now has its own individual algorithm that looks into a series of biometric data during each session to better calculate calories burned and the...
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