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Business News/ Technology / News/  Apple WWDC 2023: How watchOS 10 works better for cyclists and hikers

Apple WWDC 2023: How watchOS 10 works better for cyclists and hikers

Apple has unveiled its watchOS 10 with features including automatic workout reminders, calorimetry for e-biking and fall detection, as well as improved metrics and views. The Compass app on the watchOS 10 can also generate two new waypoints useful for hikers.

Apple introduced the all-new watchOS 10 at WWDC23Premium
Apple introduced the all-new watchOS 10 at WWDC23

Apple unveiled the brand-new watchOS 10 and previewed the upcoming improvements to its smartwatch operating system, bringing a plethora of new benefits for cyclists, hikers and golfers. With features including automatic Workout reminders, calorimetry for e-biking, and Fall Detection, watchOS 10 takes the activity even further with advanced new metrics, views, and experiences.

When a cycling workout is started from Apple Watch in watchOS 10, it will automatically show up as a Live Activity on iPhone and, when tapped, will utilize the full screen. The prime workout views, such as heart rate zones, elevation, race route, custom workouts, and a new cycling speed view, have been optimized for the display size of iPhone, which can be mounted to a bike for convenient, easy viewing during a ride.

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Apple Watch can now automatically connect to bluetooth-enabled cycling accessories, such as power meters, speed sensors, and cadence sensors. This enables brand-new metrics, including cycling power (watts) and cadence (RPM), and additional workout views, including power zones. Bluetooth connection is supported for indoor and outdoor cycling workouts, as well as GymKit.

In addition for cyclists, the new algorithms combining sensor data from Apple Watch and connected power meters can estimate functional threshold power (FTP), the highest level of cycling intensity that a rider could theoretically maintain for an hour. Using FTP, Apple Watch calculates personalized Power Zones, used to easily see the current zone and track how long is spent in each, which is an effective and popular way of improving performance.

For hikers, the Compass app on Apple Watch is a helpful tool for exploring the great outdoors. With watchOS 10, Compass app automatically generates two new waypoints - a last cellular connection waypoint will estimate the last place with cellular reception, which may be useful for checking messages or making a call. 

Also Read: WWDC 2023: Apple unveils watchOS 10 with workout APIs, timer, compass, and other new features

In case of emergencies, a last emergency call waypoint will estimate where on the route their device had the last connection to any available carrier’s network so that an emergency call can be made. When preparing routes, a new elevation view uses altimeter data, offering a three-dimensional view of saved waypoints.

Also, starting in the US, Apple Maps displays a new topographic map featuring contour lines, hill shading, elevation details, and points of interest. Users can also search for nearby trails and trailheads, with place cards that include detailed information, like trail length, type, and difficulty.

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Updated: 06 Jun 2023, 06:50 AM IST
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