watchOS 9 was previewed during the WWDC 2022 keynote. Although it will be the operating system for the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8, there are also rumors that Apple is preparing a second-generation Apple Watch SE and a new one. Apple Watch model for extreme sports. With what Apple has previewed – and what I’ve been able to test so far – I think the company is teasing the extreme sports watch with watchOS 9.
Connect the WattsColin Jenkins has written about the best fitness features coming to the Apple Watch with watchOS 9, and it’s a great jumping off point on what advice Apple might give us regarding this extreme sports Apple Watch.
If you don’t remember, Bloomberg has been reporting since 2021 that an extreme sports model of the Apple Watch is in the works. Mark Gurman said that among the records, Apple describes this model as an “explorer” or “adventurer” edition.
Apple plans to expand its line of Apple Watch models, with a new model that would focus on athletes and extreme climbers and hikers. As reported by Bloomberg, the case of this watch is said to feature a rugged design with shock resistance and a protective exterior, similar to a Casio G-Shock watch.
Otherwise, Apple obviously uncovered an Apple patent application that offers sports-level waterproofing. It describes a more effective way to detect water ingress and take action to protect the watch. As the post suggests, this could potentially mean that Apple is aiming for a sports-focused waterproofing scale measured in atmospheres or ATM with:
- 5 ATM: Diving in the pool
- 10 ATM: Surfing, snorkeling, rafting and other surface activities
- 20 ATM: Sporty scuba diving
watchOS 9 revamps workouts on the Workouts app
Months after I started using Gentler Streak, I decided to try the new Workouts app in watchOS 9, and I was really surprised at how much data I was able to see during my running exercise. With new Training viewsI just need to turn the digital crown for new metrics views like:
- activity rings
- Heart rate zones
Additionally, watchOS 9 allows me customize my workout adapting the work and recovery intervals to my training style. I can receive alerts for pace, heart rate, cadence and power. With instant feedback, I know if I am on the right track to achieve my goal. Thanks to the dynamic stimulation, it helps me know if I need to push a little more.
With watchOS 9, I can now walk a course. Whether it’s an outdoor run or a bike workout, I can choose to run against my last or best result and receive instant updates. With the new Running form metricsI can add stride length, ground contact time, and vertical oscillations to my training views to understand my running efficiency.
If that’s not enough, Apple is also adding a multisport function by automatically switching between swimming, cycling and running exercises.
While little is known about this upcoming extreme sports Apple Watch model except for the rugged finish, it feels like Apple is readying watchOS 9 to improve the way people train daily. while providing even more possibilities for those who like/need to push even further.
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