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Apple adds biking features to Watch and steps up Fitness+ classes

Apple adds biking features to Watch and steps up Fitness+ classes

Apple Watch Series 7 Apple continues to expand its fitness and Watch offerings. With a focus on cyclists, Apple Watch will now be able to…

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Apple Watch Series 7 Apple continues to expand its fitness and Watch offerings. With a focus on cyclists, Apple Watch will now be able to help bikers track their workouts and detect biking-related falls on the Apple Watch, the tech giant revealed at a special event.

“Today we are adding new features to Apple Watch for everyone that rides a bike. WatchOS 8 will detect when you begin riding and remind you to start a workout. It will automatically pause and resume if you stop temporarily,” Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said during the event.

“WatchOS 8 adds fall detection to cycling by sensing the unique motion and impact of falls while riding a bike.”

Williams added that the watch can now better support ebikes due to its improved workout “algorithm that more accurately calculates calories.”

The company revealed the Series 7 Apple Watch, which it boasts has a larger display screen thanks to reduced borders. The company also highlighted the watch’s durability, noting that this version is crack, dust and water resistant.

“Across the user interface on Series 7, buttons have been redesigned and enlarged to complement the new design of the display, like in stopwatch, activity and alarms, making them even easier to tap. It can also fit 50% more text on screen than 6,” Lauren Braun, Apple Watch product manager, said during the event.

The ​​Cupertino, Calif.-based company is also rolling out a slew of new programs on Apple Fitness+, a subscription platform of fitness videos designed to be used with […]

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