Apple has announced plans to bring Apple Fitness+ to the iPhone from 24 October, meaning that the requirement of an Apple Watch will be dropped.
Since the fitness platform launched in 2020, it’s only been available to those with an Apple smartwatch. With the arrival of iOS 16.1, though, that period of exclusivity will come to an end.
Providing iPhone users choose to update to the latest software, they’ll soon be able to tap into 3,000 studio-style workouts and meditations directly from the phone for the first time.
The Fitness app on iOS will be updated to include Fitness+ in the middle tab, giving users the ability to boost their Activity Rings, as well as view awards, activity sharing and coaching.
Perhaps even better news than this, though, is the fact that users without an Apple TV will soon also be able to stream workouts via AirPlay 2 to compatible Roku devices – with on-screen metrics set to show.
With these two changes, then, Fitness+ is set to become much more accessible. And with the demand for home workout platforms seemingly on the decline – with once-popular services like Peloton struggling – this feels like a necessary move by Apple.
By dropping the Apple Watch requirement, it’s almost a given that more users will be brought into the platform. And, in fact, it could actually lead to more uptake of the smartwatch, as some will no doubt want more in-depth insights.
That will also be boosted by Apple’s offer of three months free of Fitness+ with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, as well, which it saddled alongside the announcement.