Apple on Tuesday, December 8th announced its latest offering in terms of services and its focus on bringing new health monitoring options to the masses. Dubbed Apple Fitness + (Plus), it is an experience built around the Apple Watch and the iPhone with monthly pricing starting from $9.99 per month and $79.99 for the whole year for US based customers. Fitness+ will be available to users starting December 14th. Three months of Fitness+ is made available for free to those who purchase Apple Watch Series 3 or later.
“Apple Fitness+ brings studio-style workouts to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, intelligently incorporating workout metrics from Apple Watch for a first-of-its-kind personalized and immersive experience users can complete wherever and whenever is convenient for them.” says the Newsroom post on Apple’s website.
Apple Fitness+ will launch with 10 of the most popular workout types, including High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, Cycling, Treadmill (for running and walking), Rowing, and Mindful Cooldown, and more will be added as Fitness+ gains more subscribers.
Apple Watch and Fitness+ deliver a phenomenal experience for its users, with the Watch dynamically integrating metrics whenever the user needs them. For example, when the trainer says to check heart rate, the heart rate metrics are spotlighted. These types of integrations make Fitness+ a breeze to use, alongwith their personal data being protected.
“Apple Fitness+ makes getting started with a great workout quick and simple with an intuitive filter that allows users to choose their trainer, time, workout, and music to get to their next workout in seconds.”
Apple Fitness+ also brings Activity Sharing for users, this enables them to share their work statistics to be shared with friends and share their completed workouts on popular social media channels.
“Apple Fitness+ features a team of celebrated, charismatic, and passionate trainers who are specialists in their fields, working together to create outstanding fitness content for everyone”
Apple understands the value of enthusiastic trainers and promises to deliver on well rounded and enthusiastic trainers for users to interact with, alongside great music selection personalised for the exercise you do. Users can also “filter by music” to find the right workout according to their music mood. An Apple Music subscription is not required to enjoy these features.
Fitness+ also brings offline workouts to the hands of the users, by giving them an option to download their workouts, and train offline. Due to the pandemic Apple has focused on making sure that distant workouts feel as good as in-person workouts. The service also gives subscribers the option to work out anywhere and at anytime with the screen that best suits them across iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
Apple Fitness+ will also be available as part of the Apple One Premier subscription bundle, which includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB of iCloud storage that can be shared with up to six family members.
Fitness+ will be available Monday, December 14, and requires iOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, iPadOS 14.3, and tvOS 14.3. Apple Fitness+ will be available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US at launch and might be expanded to other countries later.