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June 5, 2018

Apple Unveils Activity Competition Challenges Between Friends and Workout Auto-Detection Coming in watchOS 5

by John_A

Apple today previewed watchOS 5 for Apple Watch at its WWD keynote, revealing new Activity app features including competition challenges between friends, new workout types, and workout auto-detection.

The new competitions feature works between friends who share activity information, and offers motivation to compete through progress updates, tables, badges and awards.

Elsewhere, a New Yoga workout type is being added to help assess posture, there’s a new Hiking workout that records pace, elevation gain, and heart rate.

Elsewhere, an enhanced Outdoor Run workout type that can track rolling mile pice (how fast you ran the last mile) and cadence (steps per minute), with optional pace alerts also available.

Apple also said the Activity app will also automatically detect workouts as they commence, and offer retroactive credit for workouts that are manually started late.

More to follow.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 4Tags: watchOS 5, ActivityBuyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)
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