Christy Turlington-Burns Apple Watch 001

The Apple Watch uses Wi-Fi and GPS from your iPhone, in addition to its own accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate and barometer sensors, to track your physical activity and movement. Now, there’s been a lot of commotion regarding whether or not the wrist-worn gizmo can operate independently as a fitness tracker.

As first noted by MacObserver, American model and activist Christy Turlington-Burns, who blogs about the Apple Watch on Apple’s website, said in her most recent blog entry that the device can learn about the user’s stride enough over time to start accurately track workouts without an iPhone.

“After you run with Apple Watch and your iPhone a few times, the Workout app knows more about your stride,” she wrote. “So you can run on a treadmill or outside without your phone and still get a really accurate workout summary.”

If true, I’ll be very excited about this.

As someone who hits the gym on a regular basis, I’m finding it extremely uncomfortable and dorky to run on the treadmill, do push-ups and bench presses with a huge slab of glass in my pocket.

As an iPhone 6 Plus owner, I’m constantly worried about the device accidentally slipping out of my tracksuit pocket and having to constantly interact with fitness apps on it.

A Watch with a heart-rate sensor that continually tracks my pulse while keeping tabs on my runs and workouts while my iPhone is in my locker seals the deal for me.

Source: MacObserver

  • E Double

    I want one now because it’s shiny and new but I want to be convinced of the need for one later on.

    • Sam Draper

      In the same boat. I want one, and i like to keep fit so i think it could be great, but do i NEED it? Im not convinced.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    From the article it appears you still need an IPhone for several workouts, and then you can untether it from your phone….but it also sounds like it’s “really accurate” summery. I’m not convinced if that factual or just simply word play. But I guess time will tell. I’ll still pass. 🙂

    • CollegiateLad

      I’ll let you know in April. 🙂

      • Tommy Gumbs

        If it’s anyone that I would prefer to let me know, it is you!!!!! 😉

  • Chang in Charge

    I’m in, the closer we get to April 10 the more I want it!

  • Gary le

    So can i use the apple watch to track DISTANCES RAN WITHOUT IPHONE? She says it learns your strides.

  • Lagax

    Apple said that the Watch could do such things at the very first keynote… At least they teased it, why is there such a hype about it, it was clear from the very beginning and it would be a very bad device if it couldn’t do this without your phone…

  • Rares

    For that ridiculous starting price it better have a f. teleportation system.

    • Worry not. It has time travel feature as well.