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New Apple Devices Feature Fresh Fitness and Health Tools

Apple is stepping up its fitness game.

There are loads of high-tech ways to track and improve your workout these days, ranging from smartphone apps to wearable devices. Never one to be left out, Apple’s announcement of the new iPhones, operating system and Apple Watch included info on some cool features for fitness lovers.

The new iOS 8, which will come standard with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when they hit shelves on September 19 and is available to install on your current iPhone September 17, includes Apple’s new Health app. The app puts all of the fitness data your phone collects in one place with a dashboard that gives you a clear overview of heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol and other data.

Additionally, the app allows users to create a medical ID accessible from the phone’s lock screen that can notify people about allergies, medications, health conditions and emergency medical contacts. And to encourage a more comprehensive picture of health and exercise habits Apple introduced HealthKit, a way for developers to create their apps to access your phone’s health data.

Apple Watch is also designed to offer health benefits to wearers. Described by Apple as “a health and fitness companion that never stops thinking of ways for you to be more active and fit,” the first wearable technology device from the company will be released in early 2015.

The fitness tracker meets sports watch includes an accelerometer to detect total-body movement as well as a sensor that measures intensity by tracking your heart rate and uses GPS and Wi-Fi from your iPhone to track movement.

 

The watch’s Activity app features a ring display that helps the wearer track calories burned, brisk activities done and how often they have stood up during the day. And of course you can set workouts and look at stats on the watch, with data stored on the iPhone’s companion app as well as the Health app. Based on the activities tracked activities, the watch delivers reminders and suggests goals.

While it might not be as stylish as the accessories collection Tory Burch designed to conceal Fitbit’s fitness trackers, the watch is available in a variety of styles, including the Sport collection, featuring cases made from super light and strong anodized aluminum and Ion-X glass, plus durable, close fitting bands.

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