Apple Watch tipped to add baseball, skiing and surfing support

iOS 11 beta reveals a whole bunch of activities to be added to Workout app
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With a watchOS 4 release on the horizon, we already know that fitness lovers can expect a new-look Workout app and the ability to connect your Apple Watch to gym equipment, but it looks like there is much more on the way.

The folks at iHelp BR have discovered within the latest iOS 11 beta icons and code strings for a whole host of exercise modes that are currently not supported by the Apple Watch.

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The list of activities are: badminton, barre, baseball, bowling, boxing, climbing, core training, cricket, curling, dance, equestrian sports, fencing, fishing, flexibility, functional training, golf, gymnastics, jump rope, kickboxing, lacrosse, paddle sports, pilates, play, sailing, skating, skiing, other snow sports, step training, strength training and surfing.

Apple has already confirmed that a dedicated exercise mode for high intensity interval training (HIIT) was incoming, while a skiing mode was recently leaked in firmware details for Apple's HomePod smart speaker.

Now the question is whether all Apple Watch owners will have access to these new modes or whether they be reserved for new hardware, say, an Apple Watch Series 3. That could mean new sensors will be on board to offer more precise tracking. It could also relate to one of the biggest changes in watchOS 4 with native core Bluetooth support on the way making it easier to pair a huge range of Bluetooth-enabled devices. We've already spoken to surf tech startup Xensr, who's building software to connect its surf tracker with Apple's smartwatch.

Another alternative is that could take the Fitbit and Samsung approach with these new tracking modes and record basic data like workout duration and heart rate data.

Apple is rumoured to be planning an event for 12 September where we are expected to see a new iPhone joined by a new Apple Watch with LTE support tipped to be the standout feature.

Source: Engadget via iHelp BR

Apple Watch tipped to add baseball, skiing and surfing support

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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