Apple has announced a multitude of new functions for the Apple Watch with its new watchOS 10 software update and they’re good news for cyclists! Apple Watch owners will soon be able to pair it with Bluetooth peripherals such as power meters, cadence and speed sensors, and heart rate monitors.
Screen real estate on the iPhone has also been optimized in the new software update, with users being able to view heart rate zones, routes, and much more on live workouts from connected devices.
This means that you’ll effectively be able to use your iPhone as a head unit if you mount it on your bars. It’s unlikely this will rival the best bike computers on the market , but for those who already have these Apple devices, it may well encourage riding. Apple watch cycling functionality It wasn’t until the 7th generation Watch that Apple seemed to take a specific interest in cycling. Prior to this, basic fitness functions were available, but the device was more based around being an extension of already existing products in the Apple ecosystem. Back in 2021, Apple brought in automatic recording of activities, including cycling, creating more user functionality in a fitness setting.
Fast forward to 2023 and this "milestone update" brings the Apple Watch much more into line with the best cycling smartwatches . Bluetooth functionality will now auto-connect to compatible peripherals, allowing cyclists to capture more data such as power and heart rate through their watches.
All of these features, we expect, will also […]