The Apple Watch 6 is here. Boasting a wealth of new features (most of them health and fitness related) it also comes with a big surprise: a brand new workout service called Apple Fitness+, designed to take on other digital workout programmes like Peloton and Zwift.
First, the watch. The watch features a similar design to many of its predecessors (and copycats like the Oppo Watch, with its curved-corner pebble shape. It's got loads of new colours and designs to choose from, such as a snappy little red number and a braided band, and a smorgasbord of new health metrics to improve your well-being.
However, the Apple Watch 6 will sport WatchOs7, the new operating system that offers a sleep tracking feature. WatchOs7 automatically detects when you're washing your hands and for how long, which will be extremely helpful in this post-pandemic world.
The Watch can also record your VO2 max, or the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use while working out. This number is an excellent metric for measuring your cardiovascular fitness. Your Blood Oxygen levels can also be monitored with a new hardware feature in the Apple Watch 6, to calculate your blood's oxygen saturation levels.
New workout types have also been added: core training, functional strength training, dance, and cooldown, allowing you to track your fitness in more ways than ever before.
Apple has also added an always-on altimeter to the Apple Watch 6. Apple said: "This feature allows for the detection of small elevation changes above ground level, up and down to the measurement of 1 foot, and can be shown as a new watch face complication or workout metric." If your running route takes you up or downhill, you can now accurately measure your challenge and adjust your workouts accordingly.
Apple is also gearing the watch for the entire family, making it usable for children without iPhones to pair it with, and offering simplistic, extra-large watch faces for older or visually-impaired users.
Apple is also offering its new workout service known as Apple Fitness+. Incorporating metrics from Apple Watch users, Apple Fitness+ will offer personalised workouts to view and follow along on Apple Watch, iPhone and Apple TV.
The service looks at workouts you've previously completed and offers a "next step", suggesting new options to complement your existing workout routine. Apple Fitness+ users will be able to filter their routines by different trainers, genres of exercise or even the music, finding exactly the workout they want.
Apple said: "When a workout is selected and started on iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, the correct workout type will automatically start on Apple Watch. During the session, the metrics from Apple Watch are shown on the screen and come to life for moments of inspiration."
Fitness+ will be available to Apple Watch customers as a subscription service before the end of 2020 for $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year, shared with five other people.