Apple Fitness+, the iPhone maker’s first fitness-focused subscription service built around the Apple Watch, is launches next Monday, December 14, the company confirmed today.
At launch, ten of the most popular workout types will be include, including High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, Cycling, Treadmill (for running and walking), Rowing and Mindful Cooldown. You will be able to choose your trainer, time, workout and music to get in the zone (Apple Music subscription is not required).
A recommendations engine will let you discover a new trainer and recommend workouts to complement your current routine (personalized recommendations are synced across your devices). Content will be refreshed each week.
On Apple Watch integration:
Apple Fitness+ dynamically integrates personal metrics from Apple Watch to inspire users, animating them on the screen during key moments in the workout, providing an engaging and immersive experience to help users stay motivated. For example, when the trainer says to check heart rate, the heart rate metrics are spotlighted; during tough intervals, a countdown timer starts to help users get through to the last second; and when they close their Activity rings, a celebration happens right on the workout screen.
The service brings “studio-style” workouts, augmented with music, to your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV screens that incorporate workout metrics from your Apple Watch. For instance, you’ll see your Activity rings overlaid in a video’s corner as you’re following your workout. And in the HIIT, Treadmill, Cycling and Rowing workouts, you can display an optional burn bar showing you how your effort stacks up against anyone who has previously completed the same workout, in real time.
“We’re excited for Apple Fitness+ to bring together the metrics from Apple Watch, great music, and a diverse and inspiring trainer team — in a uniquely simple, easy-to-access way across Apple devices — to encourage our users to get fit and stay healthy,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of Fitness Technologies.
Apple Fitness+ will be available next Monday, December 14, in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US for ten bucks per month or $80 per year. Your subscription can be shared among up to six family members at no additional charge via the Family Sharing feature. Moreover, the service is included in the $30 per month Apple One Premier plan.
Three months of Apple Fitness+ are included for those who purchase Apple Watch Series 3 or later and one month of Fitness+ is included for existing Apple Watch users.
The service requires iOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, iPadOS 14.3 and tvOS 14.3 software update which will release publicly by then. For Apple Watch users, Apple Fitness+ will automatically appear as a new tab in the Fitness app on the iPhone (an iPad version of the app will be available to download from the App Store) and on your Apple TV (the app will automatically appear once you upgrade to tvOS 14.3).