As I pointed my skis down the slope on the first run down the mountain, I braced for the familiar gnawing ache to grip my thighs. But even though this was my first time skiing in seven years and the first time I'd hit the slopes since entering my 30s, the soreness that usually accompanies me on a trip to the French Alps never arrived.
The source of my newfound comfort on skis was immediately clear to me. Though I was older and out of practice, I was stronger than I'd ever been in my life. For more than a year, I'd consistently been doing Apple Fitness Strength workouts several times a week, lifting and squatting, lunging and pressing. And it was not only on skis that I was reaping the benefits.
But it would surprise you to learn that even if I'm a devoted Apple Fitness user, I don't use an Apple Watch. That's despite the fact that Apple marketed its Fitness service as an accompaniment to the Apple Watch, and so many of the features are tied together. One of those feature is the ability to "close your rings" when you've hit your goals.
It's for this reason that I avoid using an Apple Watch altogether. I don't want access to all of the metrics because I find they distract me from my real goal, which has been to build a consistent exercise habit that allows me to feel and function the best I can throughout the rest of my life.
To say Apple Fitness Plus has changed my relationship with exercise is an understatement. Not having to go to a gym to work out saves me a tremendous amount of time. Plus, I find the workouts themselves to be motivational and fun. I can mostly credit strength trainers Gregg, Kyle, Sam and Bettina for this. But last month, as I recovered from COVID, I used Apple Fitness pilates workouts to ease back into exercise, and occasionally I mix it up with dance and yoga workouts.
When I evangelize to friends, family and strangers about Apple Fitness, their first question is whether you need an Apple Watch to use it. The answer is complicated.
It's possible to use it on an iPad without an Apple Watch, but to start a workout on Apple TV you need to initiate it from the Watch (something I dearly wish Apple would consider changing).
But it's still workable without the Watch. And missing out on all those metrics meant I could focus on my real goal of consistent exercise.
This is something I've struggled with since I was teenager. For a long time, I felt that if I wasn't punishing myself by pushing to my absolute limit, I was failing at exercise. When I didn't hit whatever arbitrary goal I'd set for myself, I'd feel guilty, then I'd be less inclined to exercise, which would make me feel more guilty, and eventually I'd stop altogether.
All of this was totally unnecessary. I'm not an athlete who needs to train for my job, so the metrics don't really matter. What matters for desk workers like me is that we're consistently moving our bodies in ways that keep us healthy.
When I started Apple Fitness workouts, which are mostly in very achievable 20- and 30-minute sessions, I was determined to break the cycle and instead try to focus on building a habit and listening to my body. And it worked.
Finally, after years of throwing myself into short-term fitness challenges -- a hard-core month of Barry's Bootcamp, training for a half marathon -- and burning out immediately after completing them, I've found an exercise regime that I can keep showing up for no matter how busy I am, and that provides enough variety so I never get bored.
I'm hardly the first woman to have discovered that rather than punishing myself with endless mind-numbing high intensity workouts, I can instead lift some heavy weights a few times a week and feel strong and capable and energized. But now that I've found my groove, I'm reluctant to mess with the formula.
I know if I start to throw metrics into the mix and worry about hitting certain goals, I have the potential to obsess over them. I've been there with calories, and even, becoming increasingly fixated on the numbers in ways that start to interfere with my mental health and personal life.
Instead, I'm happy to measure my "progress" purely by how consistently I show up, and how easily I'm able to slip back into a routine when something like COVID shows up to throw me off course.
In Scotland, where I live, there are endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits to test the impact Apple Fitness has had on me. All throughout the past year, as I hopped my way up the Lost Valley of Glen Coe and kayaked around the bleached sand islets off the western coast, I felt my core, my legs, my shoulders effortlessly take on whatever challenges I threw at them. And that brings more satisfaction than closing some digital rings ever could.
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The U.S. has had the same leading cause of death since 1921. Today, one person in America dies every 34 seconds from this disease. This disease doesn't care about your demographics -- men, women, and most racial and ethnic groups are all affected. The disease in question is none other than heart disease.
We're surrounded by daily advertisements for methods of combating heart disease. Additionally, the U.S. spends around $229 billion annually in heart-disease related healthcare services, medicine, and lost productivity due to death. The good news? This disease is largely preventable.
The Role of Nutrition Education
When physicians educate and counsel their patients in nutrition, this has the potential to decrease healthcare costs for patients and the healthcare system alike. Prescribing healthy foods, coupled with ensuring access (which can be supported through policy interventions such as subsidies for healthy foods), can decrease the potential for heart disease and other metabolic conditions, such as diabetes. In fact, increasing nutrient-dense food consumption and overall healthy eating (such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds) over a lifetime would save the U.S. over $100 billion in healthcare costs, according to one modeling study. Not to mention the nearly 3.3 million heart disease events and 120,000 cases of diabetes that could be prevented in the process.
However, we must consider whether standard medical education offers physicians sufficient training in nutrition and counseling to help combat heart disease.
Prior to entering medical school, I (S. Ryan Pierson, MS, RDN) earned a degree as a registered dietitian nutritionist. I spent years achieving an education that could help patients overcome health problems through nutrition, and I assumed physicians were already well equipped with this knowledge. Now, as I near the completion of my medical doctorate degree, I am reflecting on what I have learned about nutrition during medical school. Frankly, I have learned nothing new.
Nutritional science encompasses a vast array of Topics and is commonly integrated into medical courses, such as biochemistry or gastrointestinal medicine -- but it is rarely the focal point of the course. After discussing the course with my peers, they could openly recall little to no nutrition education, other than a few basic Topics required for medical board exam licensure.
I considered that perhaps the problem lies with which medical school we attend or a change in medical education over the past several years. But after performing a literature review, it appears that this minimal amount of nutrition education has been the status quo among medical schools across the U.S. for several decades. In fact, physicians have identified inadequate nutrition training as an education issue since the 1950s. Furthermore, medical schools devote a widely variable number of hours to nutrition content over a 4-year curriculum, ranging from 0 to 70 total hours and averaging around 20 hours total.
The curricula at medical schools are changed frequently. About 85% of medical schools are in the process of making a change, are planning on making a change, or have implemented a change to their curriculum within the past few years. Clearly, these programs are attempting to provide better and more accurate education for their students. So why hasn't there been significant progress on greater nutrition education when the need clearly exists?
Since nutrition education is not included in these changes year-after-year, one could argue medical educators don't believe nutrition education is important. However, when surveyed, practicing physicians state that their nutrition background is inadequate for promoting good nutrition among their patients, and only 21% of family physicians experience personal gratification in counseling about dietary issues. Perhaps if they had more training and experience with this type of counseling, they could more effectively help patients Boost their eating habits, and therefore may achieve greater gratification from it.
A fundamental change is needed for our medical education system to increase the focus on the power of nutrition as medical therapy. Perhaps an apple a day to keep the doctor away isn't too far off the mark.
S. Ryan Pierson, MS, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified strength & conditioning specialist, and fourth year MD/MBA student at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Kristie Loescher, MPH, DBA, is a professor of instruction for the Value Institute of Health and Care at Dell Medical School.
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Thanks to smartwatches such as theand fitness trackers such as the , it's easier than ever to keep tabs on your own at home. With just a quick glance at your wrist, you can track your heart rate, pulse and the amount of steps you've taken in a day. But there's one important health metric many people aren't tracking yet: heart rate variability. This metric, also called HRV, can give insight into your overall health, stress, fitness levels and much more.
Your HRV is the amount of time between your heartbeats. And while that may not sound profound, it's actually an important metric if you know how to find it. Unlikeor pulse, it's a bit trickier to measure because not all wearables offer it.
One of the few wearables that measures HRV, the Whoop tracker, uses it and several other metrics to help tell you if you've recovered well enough from your last workout to train again. These detailed metrics are one reason why pro athletes and endurance trainers are huge fans of the product. In fact, I never really heard about HRV until I checked out the Whoop band on the company's site.
Like any other metric thatgive you, HRV is kind of useless unless you understand what it means and know how to use it to Boost your health and fitness. Keep studying to find out more about what HRV is, how to measure it, and how it can help you optimize your health.
"HRV is the amount of time between each heartbeat, which is controlled by the autonomic nervous system," Holly Roser, certified personal trainer, told CNET. The autonomic nervous system is basically your body's stress or nervous system regulator and contains two key parts: parasympathetic and sympathetic.
The nervous system is so important because it's what regulates involuntary systems in your body like heart rate, digestion and blood pressure, among other things. You can think of the sympathetic nervous system response as your stress response, or what kicks you into "fight or flight" mode. The parasympathetic nervous system response is also called the "rest and digest" state and is important for allowing your body to digest food, as well as lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.
You probably know that lowering stress is important for health, but what does this have to do with fitness? A lot.
Sinceis such an important part of your overall fitness routine, HRV is one of the most helpful metrics for telling you if your body is recovered (i.e. not in a stress or sympathetic state) so you can train again.
For example, maybe you've been working out a lot and not sleeping much -- but you always stick to your 6 a.m. workout no matter what. You can technically feel fine, but you risk overtraining if you're pushing yourself too hard (especially without enough sleep). While using ais definitely helpful for measuring how well you slept, HRV is another way to see how well you actually recovered from previous training or even just from a stressful situation or night out partying.
In order to measure HRV you need some type of heart-rate monitor that can accurately measure patterns in your heart rate. Some of the most popular devices that incorporate HRV tracking are the Whoop and the.
Since HRV is kind of complicated to measure accurately, it's helpful if you use a device that also tracks your sleep, resting heart rate and max heart rate so that you get a bigger picture look at your health.
For example, Whoop tracks your HRV, heart rate, exercise and sleep and uses an algorithm to offer suggestions for recovery or training. If your HRV is good (higher numbers are better) then you're in the optimal state to exercise or adapt to any type of stress.
A good HRV is a sign that your nervous system can adapt well to various situations, which is good when it comes to handling stress and balanced health overall. Average HRV varies by age, but it also varies by individual -- it's best to track your own patterns and note any changes over time, rather than comparing yourself to others.
"If your HRV is high, this could be an indicator that you're living a healthier lifestyle and you have been following healthy habits like getting a good night's sleep, exercising regularly, staying hydrated, eating healthy and reducing stress," Roser said.
Since your HRV pattern is a reflection of how much stress your body is under, virtually all facets of your lifestyle can affect it. Remember that stress is more than mental -- things like illness, emotional hardship, lack of sleep and dehydration are all examples of things that place stress on your body.
Everyone encounters some amount of stress (and some types of stress, like exercise, can be helpful), but it's important to understand how well your body is handling it. If not, you could risk overtraining or pushing your body when it may be best to take a break. And this can quickly lead to feeling burnout, getting sick or just exhausted overall.
"When things are ideal, your beat-to-beat timing has a great deal of variability. If your interval timing between heartbeats is the same, you are not yet recovered. That suggests you may be overtraining, or that you simply aren't recovered yet and need either a lighter recovery exercise day or a rest day in order to achieve more optimal fitness," Debra Atkinson, MS, CSCS said.
Even though HRV is more popular in the world of professional sports and endurance training, it can be useful for anyone to keep track of. Even if you don't exercise a ton or train professionally, HRV can help you get a better picture of your body's stress level, as well as recovery and fitness levels. If you're the type who is prone to burnout or overtraining, HRV tracking can be a helpful tool to make sure you're keeping rest days and recovery a priority.
"For individuals who tend to push through and work hard to get better results, the HRV monitoring can provide concrete evidence of much-needed rest. If you aren't likely to take rest yourself, but find you're frequently injured or sick, HRV can provide the proof you need to back off and recover enough so your fitness, immune system and overall stress level are all more optimal," Atkinson said.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
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Some pet owners are giving up their animals as families struggle to pay for housing and necessities amid today's inflation.
In New York City, surrenders by owners of dogs and cats at the Animal Care Centers of NYC are up 25% compared to last year.
"The biggest reason? It’s housing," Katy Hansen, the animal welfare organization’s director of marketing and communications, told Fox News Digital.
Many pet owners who are giving up their animals in the Big Apple are moving to places that ban pets or aren’t pet-friendly.
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"They are moving because they have lost their job or cannot afford to live in their home anymore," Hansen wrote to Fox News Digital.
"Couple that with the rising cost of everything — including pet food, supplies and other essentials — and many shelters are indeed seeing an increase," she continued. "It’s so sad."
National shelter data from Shelter Animals Count — a nonprofit that monitors the country’s "animal welfare landscape" — shows that from January 2022 to June 2022, the number of relinquished pets went from 31,606 to 38,066 at 1,050 animal shelters.
Outside of NYC, news reports from around the country state that pet owners are bringing animals to shelters at alarming rates in Akron, Ohio; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Stockton, California; Houston, Texas; Johnson City, Tennessee; Farmington, New Mexico; and Missoula, Montana.
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The ASPCA estimates that the average annual cost of a dog is $1,391 and the average annual cost of a cat is $1,149.
Total pet costs are up 7.1% year-to-date on the Consumer Price Index, according to Pet Age, a business-to-business pet news company.
Yet these estimates don’t include the costs of professional grooming, dental care or one-time charges for medical procedures (spay, neuter, microchip and vaccination), training (in-class or at-home) and pet accessories (carriers, crates, collars, litter boxes, scratching posts and brushes).
Total pet costs are up 7.1% year-to-date on the Consumer Price Index, according to Pet Age, a business-to-business pet news company.
"The net was a June YTD CPI increase vs. 2021 for Total Petflation of 7.1 percent, which is 85.5% of the extraordinarily high 8.3% overall rate," Pet Age’s report said.
"It was only 72.5% in March."
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An economic news release published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on July 13 said that gasoline, shelter and food are some of the "largest contributors" to the rising consumer price index for all urban consumers.
The gas index rose 11.2% while the shelter index rose 0.6% and food rose 1% in June 2022.
A new rent report from Rent.com — an apartment search engine and online marketplace — estimates that the national average rent price for a one-bedroom is $1,701 (up 25.3% year-over-year) and a two-bedroom is $2,048 (up 26.5% year-over-year).
While the website said rent prices "stabilized this month," not everyone can keep up with the rising costs.
In Jacksonville, an anonymous pet owner abandoned a 10-month-old dog at the John Roberts dog park in early July — and left a note saying they were unable to keep the pet "due to raising my rent," according to First Coast News.
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The ASPCA told Fox News Digital that it researched pet relinquishment in May 2021.
It found that "the vast majority" of pandemic pets are still providing families with "joy and comfort, regardless of changes in circumstances, and that loving owners continue to appreciate the essential role pets play in their lives."
In Jacksonville, an anonymous pet owner abandoned a 10-month-old dog at the John Roberts dog park in early July.
A spokesperson for the organization added that shelter intake and adoption rates fluctuate based on seasonality and other factors that are converging simultaneously, including breeding seasons, medical and behavioral challenges and long-term staffing shortages.
"By making basic veterinary care accessible and affordable to those who need it most, we can keep pets healthy and safe in their homes and out of shelters, while simultaneously enriching the lives of their people," the ASPCA wrote in an email.
"The ASPCA is one of the many organizations within the animal welfare field working to provide partially and fully subsidized veterinary care and resources, including pet food and grooming services, to pets and owners, including our targeted efforts in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami," the statement continued.
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A representative for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) confirmed that the organization is seeing more reports of animal relinquishments at shelters.
"Some of these reports carry an especially tragic edge," PETA told Fox News Digital.
In May, the organization reported on a 6-year-old dog named Baby Girl who was abandoned by her unhoused owner in Wisconsin after seven animal shelters turned her away.
"We're hearing these stories more and more as shelters face pressure to go ‘no kill'; instead of taking all comers, as open-admission shelters do, facilities with ‘no-kill’ policies manipulate their statistics by creating obstacles for people trying to turn in animals and accepting only those they deem most ‘adoptable,’" PETA wrote in an email.
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It said it is "urging guardians to do everything in their power to keep their animals, and urging everyone to spay and neuter their animals to prevent more from being born into a world already bursting at the seams with homeless animals," PETA continued.
If pet owners find that they’re unable to take care of their animal companions, PETA recommends they look into open-admission shelters that can "accept every animal in need, regardless of their adoptability for reasons of health, temperament or physical condition."
After the COVID-19 epidemic prompted a worldwide lockdown in 2020, concerns about obesity skyrocketed as people were forced to spend more time in their homes. Because of the new normal of ‘working from home,’ many people were able to do little exercise and movement, which led to weight gain for some. To tackle obesity, many people turned to ketogenic supplements.
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Apple today seeded the first betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to public beta testers, opening up the iOS 16 beta testing process to the general public for the first time since the Worldwide Developers Conference. Developers have already had three betas, and the first public beta coincides with the third developer beta.
Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can obtain the iOS and iPadOS 15 updates over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website.
iOS 16 brings an overhauled Lock Screen with customizable wallpapers, time, and widgets, plus notifications have been updated to roll in from the bottom of the display. Multiple Lock Screens are supported and can be linked with Focus modes.
The Messages app supports editing and deleting messages as well as marking messages unread. SharePlay is no longer limited to FaceTime, so Messages can be used for communication between people sharing content with one another. FaceTime calls can be handed off from one device to another, and the Health app gains a new Medications feature for tracking the vitamins and medicine that you take.
Apple is replacing passwords with Passkeys, and Safari now supports Shared Tab Groups for collaborating. In the Mail app, you can schedule emails, cancel sending, and receive follow-up reminders, and the Maps app supports multi-stop routing.
iCloud Shared Photo Library offers a convenient way to share a photos with family members, and Apple Pay Later will let users pay for Apple Pay purchases in fee-free installments. For the iPad, iPadOS 16 brings a Weather app and a new multi-tasking system called Stage Manager, but it's only for iPads with Apple silicon chips.
There are tons more features in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, with a full rundown available in our dedicated roundups.
there’s no denying that Apple devices are expensive. And it doesn’t help that they hardly ever go on sale. But thanks to Amazon’s annual Prime Day event, a number of Apple products are currently discounted, including MacBooks, Apple Watches, MagSafe accessories, and more. We’ve rounded up all the best deals below, but remember, Prime Day ends in a few hours (11:59 pm PT on July 13, to be exact).
The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks.
Crossed-out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page has the latest stories, and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. You can also get a one-year subscription to WIRED for $5 here.
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Apple Device Deals
Apple’s 14-inch MacBook Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) comes with upgrades on the inside and out. It has an industrial look, with a boxier chassis, tons of ports (including a MagSafe port for charging), a beautiful 14.2-inch display with ProMotion (increasing the frame rate to 120Hz), and a 1080p webcam. Under the hood, the M1 Pro offers excellent performance that can handle nearly any task you throw at it. The discount applies to the 1 terabyte model, but the 512-gigabyte version is also on sale for $1,799 ($200 off).
The 16-inch MacBook Pro (512 gigabytes) offers the same features as the 14-inch version. But since it’s ginormous, it’s not the easiest MacBook to travel with and barely fits in most of my backpacks. Still, the extra screen real estate is great, especially if you spend most of your time staring at a computer for work on the go. This model frequently fluctuates in price and has dipped lower to $2,111, but this is still a solid deal.
The Apple Watch Series 7 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite smartwatch for iPhone users, and it’s currently at the lowest price we’ve ever tracked. Compared to the Series 6, it has a 20 percent larger display (complete with a full-size QWERTY keyboard), stronger glass, and more water and dust resistance. It’s an excellent choice if you want to upgrade your much older Apple Watch or you’re in the market for your first one. The smaller 41-mm version is also on sale for $279 ($50 off).
We consider the Apple Watch SE (8/10, WIRED Recommends) the best option for most people. It comes equipped with a Retina display, an S5 chip (which is faster than both the Series 3 and Series 5), fall detection, and more memory. That’s in addition to the standard health- and fitness-tracking features, like heart rate monitoring and workout modes. But since it’s an entry-level tracker, you won’t get the more complex features included on the Series 7, like the always-on display, ECG monitor, or SpO2 sensor.
The Apple TV 4K (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a great streaming device for those who are loyal to the Apple ecosystem. It packs an A12 Bionic chip for faster performance (and support for HDR of up to 60 fps), easy-to-navigate menus, and a redesigned remote that’s much more intuitive to use. It’s also at the lowest price we’ve seen.
We like the AirPods Max (8/10, WIRED Recommends) for multiple reasons. They’re extremely fashionable, offer excellent sound and noise cancellation, and integrate seamlessly with iOS devices. They’re also one of the most expensive wireless headphones out there. They dipped to $323 briefly back in April, but this is still a good deal.
They might not come in Cupertino White, but these Beats Fit Pro are associate editor Parker Hall’s favorite Apple-made headphones for most people. They come in many colors, are extremely comfortable, and sound great, plus they instantly pair with all of your Apple devices, just like standard AirPods would (but with a much cooler look). You should definitely buy them over the AirPods Pro.
There are plenty of third-party MagSafe chargers on the market, including ones that are currently on sale, but you’ll get the fastest wireless charging possible with Apple’s very own. It attaches to the back of your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 magnetically and recharges your device at 15 watts. WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu says his only complaint is that the cable is a bit too short.
The MagSafe Duo is perfect for those with an iPhone and an Apple Watch. With a spot for each, you can use the Duo to charge both devices simultaneously. It also folds together seamlessly, making it ideal for travel. And it’s compatible with AirPods (only the ones with support) and Qi-certified devices.
Apple’s official case with MagSafe is a nice option for your iPhone. It has accurate cutouts for ports, clicky buttons, and a slim profile. We also like that it keeps the camera module flush so your iPhone won’t rock back and forth when it’s flat on a surface. The case also comes in a leather version. You can find more great iPhone 13 accessories here.
If you prefer a trackpad to a standard mouse for your Mac or iPad, the Magic Trackpad is a wonderful accessory—I’ve especially enjoyed using it with the Mac Studio and Studio Display. It pairs automatically to your device, offers about a month’s worth of battery life, and comes with support for Apple’s full suite of Multi-Touch gestures. It's confusing, but this is the newer version of the Magic Trackpad 2.
A proposed class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of payment card issuers accuses Apple of illegally profiting from Apple Pay and breaking antitrust laws. Iowa's Affinity Credit Union is listed as the plaintiff in the complaint, filed today in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that by restricting contactless payments on iOS devices to Apple Pay and charging payment card issuers fees to use the mobile wallet, the iPhone maker is engaging in anti-competitive behavior.
While Android users have options for contactless mobile wallets, iOS users can only use tap-to-pay technology through Apple Pay. In other words, while iPhone users can obtain the Google Pay app, they can’t use it to make contactless payments in stores. Android doesn’t charge payment card issuers for use of any supported mobile wallet. But it’s a different story for Apple Pay, which charges card issuers a 0.15% fee on credit transactions and half of a cent on debit transactions. These fees have brought in up to $1 billion annually for Apple, the lawsuit alleges.
“In the Android ecosystem, where multiple digital wallets compete, there are no issuer fees whatsoever, ” said the complaint. “The upshot is that card issuers pay a reported $1 billion annually in fees on Apple Pay and $0 for accessing functionally identical Android wallets. If Apple faced competition, it could not sustain these substantial fees.”
The suit alleges that by restricting iOS users to only Apple Pay for contactless payments, Apple is blocking competing mobile wallets from the market. Payment card issuers are essentially forced to pay Apple’s transaction fees if they want to offer their service to iPhone users.
Apple is facing a similar challenge over its payment system in the EU, where an antitrust commission in May said that the tech giant is illegally blocking third-party developers from enabling contactless payments. Apple has denied the EU’s allegations, arguing that giving third-party developers access would be a security risk. This is an argument that Apple has used before as a reason why it doesn't open up its platform, such as in the case of third-party app stores.
Engadget has reached out to Apple for comment on the lawsuit and will update if we hear back.
The Apple Watch has always been an important product for Apple, and it's gone through quite a few changes over the years. Apple almost saw the very first one as a piece of jewelry — a fancy flex you could purchase that would look great on your wrist but also give you some fun features to extend your iPhone's usefulness. Subsequent models of the Apple Watch started focusing on packing more and more features into the tiny little square. Then, after that, Apple Watch became increasingly focused on health, offering life-saving features like fall detection, ECG readings, and more. So, where does that leave the Apple Watch now? Interestingly enough, the Apple Watch is blasting into the future by doubling down on a core feature: fitness.
WatchOS 9 is by far the biggest update to the fitness tracking features of the Apple Watch we've seen in years and finally puts the Apple Watch in the conversation of top-tier fitness trackers. With the public beta now out for the masses, people who don't mind taking risks with their devices can see what all the fuss is about. If you're an absolute fitness beast, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Before I get into watchOS 9, a quick reminder. watchOS 9 is still in beta, and this is not intended as a review but rather as an overview of the new features and my personal experience with them. I will give my full review and opinions on the latest Apple Watch software once it's released to the public in full this fall.
Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.
I said earlier that watchOS 9 pushes the Apple Watch into the conversation of top-tier fitness trackers, and I realize that may seem confusing to people. Surely, the Apple Watch is already a top-tier fitness tracker, right? Well, if you talk to really hardcore fitness enthusiasts and athletes, you'll see that the Apple Watch — yes, even the powerful Apple Watch Series 7 — has traditionally fallen short of its use cases on many occasions. The good news is that watchOS 9 tries its hardest to address this. The addition of Custom Workouts is probably the greatest example of this.
Before watchOS 9, you and your best Apple Watch were at the mercy of the workouts Apple included on its' Apple Watch. Granted, there are many different types of workouts in the Workout app, and you could certainly change the goals of your workouts to be more focused on what you are trying to achieve, but it never gave you any real flexibility in how you work out. Custom Workouts is changing all that.
You can create a Custom Workout for any of the workout types in the Workout app. Inside a Custom Workout, you can have multiple intervals for work and recovery periods, which means you can easily set up sets. For example, say you want to go for a run, but you're doing interval training because you suck at running like me; you can create a Custom Run Workout that will allow you to set up a two-minute work period and a 45-second recovery period. Or, you can set it so that you run for 1km and then rest for half a kilometer. Plus, you can set that to repeat if you want. So, if you want to run 5km, repeat that five times and boom, you have a Custom Outdoor Run Workout that you can use anytime you want. You can even put a warm-up and cooldown into a custom workout, meaning you don't need to jump out of the workout you're in to start a separate cooldown.
That's just one example. Every workout type can utilize Custom Workouts, and you can even have more than one for each workout, meaning you now have a ton more flexibility to work out how you want, when you want.
People often talk about "getting in the zone" during a workout, but some people mean that quite literally. Heart rate zones have long been a tool used to help people train and illustrate improvements in their overall fitness level. If you're running a marathon, you can't be in your max heart rate zone the whole time; you'll burn out before you finish the race. Instead, you likely want to be in a moderate heart rate zone for most of the time, trying to maintain a pace that's comfortable for most of the race.
Many sports, like hockey (sorry, I'm Canadian), rely on short bursts of intense activity. When a hockey player skates off the bench to take their shift, they will likely be in or near the maximum target rate for the 45-90 seconds they are on the ice. So, when they train, they need to train for those short bursts of energy, meaning they need to know when they're hitting those heart rate zones.
In watchOS 9, you can set any type of workout to show your heart rate zones directly on your Apple Watch. So, if you're out for a run, you'll be able to check your watch and see what heart rate zone you're in. It's a pretty handy metric, and it's even customizable.
By default, your Apple Watch will use the data it already has to calculate your heart rate zones and label them one through five, one being the lowest. This is super awesome for anyone who doesn't want to take the time to calculate their absolute perfect heart rate zones (as it varies from person to person). Still, if you want more control, you can manually set them to any value you want.
So how do you see heart rate zones during a workout? Well, it's part of something new that Apple calls Workout Views. When you go to customize a workout in watchOS 9, whether it's a pre-set workout or a Custom Workout you've created, you can select which Workout Views are available for you to see during a particular workout. So, once you've enabled the heart rate zone Workout View for your Custom Outdoor Run Workout (as an example), you can swipe up or down during the workout to see the different views you have enabled.
Of course, you can have multiple views enabled, and this is where Apple has placed Elevation and Power Views, so you can keep an eye on how you've climbed during your run and your running power. These are important metrics for serious runners — and watchOS 9 will help you track so much more.
Two years after the Sleep app was brought onto the Apple Watch, it's finally got an update many people have been clamoring for: the ability to track Sleep Stages. In the Health app, you can now see how long you've been in four different Sleep Stages: Awake, REM, Core, and Deep.
You can see all the data graphed for you and even highlight the specific Sleep Stages to get a better look. While it's not amongst the most in-depth sleep trackers, it's the sleep-tracking feature I've been the most excited to get on the Apple Watch. As you can see by the sample in the screenshot above, I struggle to sleep and often don't get a ton each night. Data like this will help me understand my sleep patterns better and may even help me ensure the sleep I get feels more restful.
Of course, the Apple Watch wouldn't be an Apple Watch without a plethora of Apple Watch faces. Apple has a habit of releasing new watch faces with every major software release, and watchOS 9 is no exception.
Honestly, when you get watchOS 9 (whether it's the public beta now or the full release in the fall), I'd highly encourage you to check out all the new and redesigned watch faces because beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe you'll love the newly redesigned Astronomy watch face, which shows the earth front and center and even peaks in front of the time, much like the new iOS 16 Lock Screens do. Or maybe the Lunar watch face, which depicts the relation between our normal calendar (Gregorian calendar) and the lunar calendar, will tickle your fancy. Playtime is a wacky and interactive art watch face that was created in collaboration with Chicago-based illustrator and artist Joi Fulton; perfect for any time you're feeling a little zany. And, of course, the new Metropolitan watch face is as classy as can be. Plus, there's even an update to some older Apple Watch faces, like the gradient backgrounds you can add to the popular Modular watch face. The main takeaway is more watch faces mean more personality you can eject into watchOS 9.
On top of some new watch faces, watchOS 9 has some small UI improvements that will make the Apple Watch experience a tad smoother than it already feels. When you're actively using an app, notifications will be smaller and relegated to just a small banner at the top of your screen. You can tap it to enlarge it and see the entire notification, but it's awesome that an incoming message doesn't just take over your screen. Plus, the Dock is much more intuitive because it promotes the apps you have most recently used over all the other apps in the Dock. This makes it much easier to switch between apps when you want.
WatchOS 9 is committed to giving us more. More fitness tracking, more sleep tracking, more watch faces, more customization, and more everything that makes the Apple Watch so delightful to slap on your wrist.
Of course, this is just a first peek into the wonderful world of the watchOS 9 beta. I will be diving into even more improvements in watchOS 9, like changes to the Medications app, in the near future, so be sure to check back in about a week for even more insight into the goodies and features in Apple's latest watch software!
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Luke is a senior writer at iMore and often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget." When he isn't playing video games (Apple Arcade included), he's typically playing disc golf, taking photos, or fiddling with his favorite tech. Follow him at @LukeFilipowicz on Twitter.