Today was Apple’s highly-anticipated “Spring Forward” event that featured the reveal of the iWatch. Runners may be interested to know that Apple CEO Tim Cook spent a decent time during the discussion to talk about how the Apple Watch may be the perfect tech gadget for runners.
Cook’s presentation featured the appearance of model, marathoner and founder of Every Mother Counts Christy Turlington Burns, who is the first person to use the smart watch as a fitness tracker outside of Apple.
Turlington Burns is featured in promo video for the Watch, saying its motivation not just for training, but also for every day things. She used Apple Watch during the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon and says she plans to using it during her next race as well.
“I rely on it quite heavily actually,” she said. “In the short time I’ve been using it, I can already see how this is going to become an important part of my life.”
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Turlington Burns will also be blogged for Apple.com to share her journey while training with the smart watch for the London Marathon.
So why is so ideal for runners? Apple Watch is equipped with the Workout app, which shows real-time data for the time, distance, calories, pace and running speed when working out. You can a goal for each workout and get a summary of what you accomplished. While this is nothing new, the Workout app synchs this data towards your overall Activity for the day.
The Activity app is the coolest feature. It features a Move ring that shows calories burned, how long you’ve exercised for and you often you stand. It pretty much measures “all the ways you move” without you having to set a thing.
While running, you can get updates along the way. The watch lets you know when you’ve reached another mile or at a milestone so you stay motivated.
The band on the watch is comfortable, yet the watch is durable.
Apple Watch pretty much combines all your health apps into one sleek place all accessible from the convince of your wrist. However, this all comes at a price. Apple Watch retails at a starting price of $350 and can run into the thousands.
Preorders for Apple Watch start on April 10 and will be on sale starting April 24.