Apple Watch Workout app will ‘learn your stride’ over time

The Workout app within the new Apple Watch will provide more accurate results by learning the wearer’s stride patterns, according to the model and athlete Christy Turlington-Burns.

Turlington-Burns, who appeared on stage during the Spring Forward launch event last month, is blogging (via Apple Insider) about her experiences with the Apple Watch while training for the London Marathon.

In her latest piece, the campaigner and newly-signed Apple advocate revealed that after “a few times” running with the watch and an iPhone, the Workout section adjusts to the individual’s gait.

She said she noticed the new feature and its importance when switching between outdoor runs and the treadmill while on holiday.

She wrote: “After you run with Apple Watch and your iPhone a few times the Workout app knows more about your stride. So you can run on a treadmill or outside without your phone and still get a really accurate workout summary.”

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The Apple Watch has been criticsed for its lack of GPS connectivity, meaning users have to drag their iPhone along for the ride for a true sense of route and distance when out running.

However, this newly-outed feature could give the company’s first wearable more legs as a standalone fitness device, and help it supersede some of the other trackers on the market, which have no such means of adapting to wearer’s running styles.

It could also give Apple Watch users more opportunity to accurately track their runs in different environments without the need for an iPhone.

Apple has not promoted Turlington-Burns’ revelation specifically, but has said the Apple Watch “learns your activity and fitness levels to improve the accuracy of your measurements and suggest personalised all-day activity goals”.

Perhaps this is what the firm meant?

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