Starting October 24th, iPhone owners will be able to enjoy a Apple Fitness Plus without the need for an Apple Watch device.
Fitness Plus existed on iPhones before that, but you had to have an Apple Watch to use the service. Moving on, users will have full access to the entire Fitness Plus library (opens in new tab) “with over 3,000 studio-style exercises and meditations” in all 21 countries where the service is available. This includes Australia, Brazil, Russia and the United States. Setup seems very easy as you just use an iPhone to sign up. You can also stream workouts to a corresponding iPad or Apple TV. If you don’t have any, Apple claims you can use AirPlay to stream “on compatible third-party devices”.
To support the updated service, the Fitness app will fully integrate Fitness Plus which can be found in the middle tab. There, you’ll be greeted with a familiar sight, as that’s where the Apple Watch’s Move ring, training advice, awards, and activity-sharing features can all be found. However, it doesn’t look like everything from the Apple Watch version of the Fitness Plus will be on iPhones.
To see real-time metrics, you’ll still need to connect your smartphone to an Apple Watch. Also, certain types of content, like Time to Run, won’t make the leap.
Speaking of content, Apple also announced new workout programs and special offers for people interested in trying Fitness Plus before committing to a subscription.
Coming to the Service is a new entry from Artist Spotlight starring Taylor Swift. Every Monday for the next three weeks, there will be a new workout to Swift’s music based on different types of activities such as biking or dancing. Fitness Plus is also adding three new additions to the collections (opens in new tab)“a curated series of exercises and meditations from the [service’s] library.” One of them is Totally ’80s Cycling, which consists of eight cardio workouts set to energetic ’80s music.
As for the deals, Apple is offering a three-month trial of Fitness Plus for people who buy select devices like the iPhone 14 or the fifth-generation iPad Air. The complete list of supported devices can be found on end of ad (opens in new tab). Apple is also partnering with four other companies, including SilverSneakers, to “offer new ways to sign up for the service…”. SilverSneakers members can enjoy a free Fitness Plus membership starting next year, plus access to exclusive workouts.
To use the new Fitness Plus you will need an iPhone 8 or later plus download iOS 16.1 which is also scheduled to be released on October 24th. There’s a fair amount of hype surrounding this latest iOS release because iPhone owners will be getting some significant new features. One of them is Live Activities, a series of widgets present on the lock screen that “track events in progress”.
That date will also see the release of iPadOS 16.1 and the long-awaited macOS Ventura. be sure to read ‘s Coverage of the New Operating System and the exciting new features to come. Apple is getting rid of passwords in this update; instead, go with passkeys for better security.