The big Apple news today was the introduction of AirPods Max, but Apple made a smaller announcement, too: Apple Fitness+ will launch next Monday, December 14.
Apple Fitness+ is a new service that incorporates music from Apple Music, the health-tracking features of the Apple Watch, and original workout videos led by accomplished trainers, according to Apple. It’s the latest in a series of new services that Apple has launched to bolster its revenue over the past couple years, such as Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and Apple News+.
At launch, Fitness+ will offer the following workout programs:
- High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
- Mindful Cooldown
Additionally, Fitness+ users can customize which music drives their workouts from the following genres:
- Latest Hits
- Chill Vibes
- Upbeat Anthems
- Pure Dance
- Throwback Hits
- Everything Rock
- Latin Grooves
- Hip Hop/R&B
- Top Country
Apple notes that an Apple Music subscription isn’t necessary to listen to these playlists in the context of a workout, but Music subscribers can save songs to their own playlists and library during workouts.
The workout programs consist of on-demand videos, not livestreams. But new programs will be released weekly, and users will see their own workout data (like heart rate) on-screen when, say, wearing an Apple Watch and watching the workout videos on an iPad. Users can also share their workout activity with friends or family to stay accountable to their goals.
Generally, the workout videos are designed not to require any special equipment; all users need in most cases is a screen to watch on, an Apple Watch on their wrist, and some space to move around.
On its own, the service will cost $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Alternatively, users can subscribe to it as part of a broader Apple One subscription bundle that costs $29.95 monthly. Apple Fitness+ will require iOS, iPadOS, or tvOS 14.3, or watchOS 7.2. None of these software updates have been released yet, but Apple did push out the release candidates for them today, suggesting that the final releases are due by the time Apple Fitness+ launches.
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