Fitness+ Will No Longer Require an Apple Watch

Fitness+ will no longer need an Apple Watch after this fall. Fitness+ will be available on the iPhone 8 and later models in 21 countries. You won’t need an Apple Watch. 
In PCMag’s 4/5 review of Apple Fitness+, the service lost points because it needed an iPhone and an Apple Watch. Apple fixed one of these problems at its iPhone 14 event today by saying that soon you won’t need an Apple Watch to use Fitness+.

Apple Fitness+ Watch

Fitness+ will be available on the iPhone 8 and later in 21 countries later this fall. You won’t need an Apple Watch. You don’t have to follow a workout on the small screen of your phone, though. To sign up, you’ll need an iPhone, but you can take classes on an iPad or Apple TV.

Fitness+ will give people who don’t have an Apple Watch access to more than 3,000 studio-style workouts and meditations, as well as on-screen trainer guidance, interval timing, and an estimate of how many calories they have burned.

Apple would like you to have an Apple Watch, of course. With the smartwatch, you also get “personalized real-time metrics that display on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as the ability to experience Time to Walk, Time to Run, and meditations with just [your] Apple Watch paired with AirPods or other Bluetooth-enabled headphones,” the website says.

Hands On With the Apple Watch Ultra

Apple Fitness+ costs $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year, and up to five family members can use it at the same time. It can also be bought as part of an Apple One plan (which opens in a new window). If you buy a new Apple Watch, like the Ultra, Series 8, or the next-generation SE that Apple announced today, you get three months of Apple Fitness+ for free. People who already have an Apple Watch can try it out for a month. 

Apple also announced at WWDC that its Fitness app, which has only been available to Apple Watch owners since it came out in 2020, will be added to iOS 16. This means that even if you don’t have an Apple Watch or Fitness+, you can still track your workouts and close exercise rings.

It’s not clear if that will happen when iOS 16 comes out next week or in a later update. Apple says that iOS 16.1 will make it possible to sign up for Fitness+ without a watch.


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