Big news today from Apple’s WWDC2023 event in Cupertino, where the company revealed plans to focus on cycling with new Apple Watch functionality that could deliver similar results to specialized cycling computers.
The Apple Watch can now connect to Bluetooth-enabled accessories like speed and cadence sensors, meaning cycling workouts can take over the entire watch face, making it more effective as a handlebar display.
The watch and iPhone can now calculate functional threshold power (FTP) – the highest average power output that can be sustained over a one-hour time frame on a bike.
Other health and fitness functionality also announced, users can now get insights into their health data with trends and highlights, while health and fitness developers can use HealthKit on iPad, opening new opportunities to create data-infused health and fitness experiences. Users choose to share from the Health app using privacy and data security protocols.
The new version of Apple Fitness+ comes with custom plans workout functionality. It’s a new way for consumers to get a customized workout or meditation schedule based on the day, duration of exercise, and type of workout.
There’s also a feature called Stacks, which enables users to select multiple workouts and meditations, and ‘Audio Focus’, which gives you the ability to prioritize the volume of music or the trainers’ voice during on-demand workouts. Custom Plan System.
In addition to increasing cycling and group exercise activities, the company also announced new health features for its operating systems and Apple Watches.
A mental health feature on the Apple Watch helps users record their feelings and moods through journaling, get insights, and access assessments and resources.
New Vision Health features encourage healthy behaviors that can reduce eye strain Apple has added its Health app to the iPad, which gives users access to their health data.
“Our goal is to empower people to take charge of their own health journey,” said Sumbul Desai, MD, Apple’s VP of Health. “With these features, we are expanding the range of health and wellness devices we provide to users across iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
“Mental health and vision health are important but often overlooked, and we’re excited to introduce features that offer users valuable new insights to better understand their health,” he continued. “These insights help support users in their everyday decisions and offer more informed conversations with their doctors.”
Other health features announced today help consumers view health records available from multiple institutions and share data stored in the Health app with loved ones or medical professionals using Health Sharing.
The company also released Apple Vision Pro, a spatial computer that integrates digital content with the physical world, “allowing users to stay present and connect with others.”
“Today marks the beginning of a new era of computing,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Just as the Mac introduced us to personal computing and the iPhone introduced us to mobile computing, Apple Vision Pro introduces us to spatial computing.
“Building on decades of Apple innovation, Vision Pro is years ahead of anything created before – with a revolutionary new input system and thousands of groundbreaking innovations. This unlocks incredible experiences for our users and exciting new opportunities for our developers.
Cook says it “creates an infinite canvas for apps that go beyond the boundaries of a traditional display and present a fully three-dimensional user interface controlled by the most natural and intuitive inputs possible – a user’s eyes, hands and voice.”
Featuring visionOS, the first spatial operating system, Vision Pro allows users to interact with digital content as if it were physically present in their space.
The Vision Pro has an ultra-high-resolution display system with 23 million pixels across two displays. “VisionOS is the world’s first spatial operating system that integrates digital content with the physical world,” Cook said.
Apple also revealed that developers created US$1.1Tr in value in the Apple Store ecosystem in 2022.