Hands on with watchOS 5 fitness

When Apple announced watchOS 5 there were mixed reactions, some loved all the features whilst others thought features like walkie-talkie were just a gimmick. Most people, however, thought that Apple’s update to the fitness tracking was a good announcement.

Apple added the ability to set challenges amongst two people which will no doubt help when trying to convert Fitbit users to Apple Watch, Apple also made the workout app smarter. For the most popular workouts on Apple Watch, auto-workout detection provides an alert to start the correct workout and gives retroactive credit. This feature also offers a reminder to end workout sessions after a period of inactivity if the user forgets.

When I go to workout I think I’ve only ever forgotten to start a workout once, however stopping a workout if I’m on a walk is more of a problem.

Testing the end a workout detection

Yesterday I was able to test this feature whilst out and about and I have to say the feature is handy. On several occasions, I stood still for a few minutes and then I was prompted by my watch that I had appeared to have stopped my workout.

I was given a large text area to simply end my workout or the option to pause my workout, from here I was able to simply hit pause and then resume when I was ready. This feature will undoubtedly help users who forget to end their workout from getting un-earned credits which can be extremely annoying.

Other fitness features that Apple added to watchOS 5 is aimed at high-performance features for running enthusiasts, including a new cadence (steps per minute) metric for indoor and outdoor runs and walks, as well as a new pace alarm for outdoor runs that alerts users when they are behind or ahead of their designated target pace. A brand new metric — rolling mile pace — is introduced as an additional option for runners to see their pace for the immediately preceding mile in addition to their average pace or current pace.