Apple Adds New Athlete Features to watchOS and Opens Fitness App to All iPhone Users

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Apple is redoubling efforts to make the Apple Watch the best wearable health tracker and empower the most demanding users and everyone else. The next version of watchOS will include a number of new health-related features, including new metrics tracking, automatic multi-sport tracking, improved sleep tracking, and more.

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iOS 16 will also bring the Fitness app to all iPhone users, not just those with an Apple Watch like it used to be. It will track your walking information and other metrics to get closer to your fitness level.

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Sleep tracking now includes sleep stage tracking, which will tell you how much time you spend in each stage, including REM sleep, core sleep, deep sleep, and when you woke up. Apple uses machine learning models that take into account heart rate tracking as well as blood oxygen and breathing rate readings to determine what stage you’re in, and they say they’ve tested the data against the “clinical gold standard of plisomnography.”

On watchOS, you can now track three new running performance metrics including vertical oscillation, stride length, ground contact time, and heart rate zones. These are all indicators that high-performing athletes use to improve their performance. You can also take advantage of new digital crow views, including heart rate zone views, and you can create custom workouts to track improvements in specific metrics.

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There’s a new triathlete-focused feature that automatically switches between running, cycling and swimming to keep track of your entire workout.

Apple is also adding medication tracking to watchOS and iOS, allowing you to search for and inject common medications and get alerts when you should take them.

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