The Apple Watch was able to carve out its own niche that its rivals are now trying to catch up with although people were initially skeptical and even apprehensive about the purpose of smartwatches in modern life. This niche focuses on tracking and measuring the health of wearers with the need for dedicated, costly and bulky medical equipment, and the latest update of watchOS 7.2 brings yet another feature that may not be a lifesaver, but will hopefully improve lives anyway.
The Apple Watch has also acquired the ability to assess whether the user has poor aerobic fitness since watchOS 7, a.k.a. cardiorespiratory fitness. It does so by using a combination of the optical heart sensor, accelerometer, and GPS position to calculate the user’s VO2 Max, or the rate of oxygen intake during physical exercise. Falling below an appropriate range almost means that you are at risk of cardiorespiratory issues.
What’s new in watchOS 7.2 is that the Apple Watch will now alert you rather than having to go to the Health iPhone app manually to check your levels. Although the statistics it gives are theoretically projections, for most individuals, the alternative of having your cardio fitness tested regularly with licensed clinical equipment is simply not feasible.
Support for Fitness+, one of the latest subscription services from Apple, is also included in the update. Subscribers have access to trainer-led workouts and other data and material related to fitness for $9.99. Without an Apple Watch, you can’t sign up for Fitness+, so its belated launch is mildly amusing.
Slowly but surely, Apple has established what a smartwatch means to be. Although the ability to access apps and services has become a basic function, typically through some AI agents such as Siri or Google Assistant, it is actually the health-centric capabilities that make people want an Apple Watch, of course, ultimately involves investing in an iPhone