When I reviewed the Apple Watch Series 2 and its swim-tracking capabilities in 2016, I felt more than a little under-prepared to do so, largely because I don't swim. I can swim — well, to the extent that I could fall out of a boat and keep myself from drowning until help arrived. But if you ask me to demonstrate the difference between a butterfly and breast stroke, or the proper form for a flip turn, I might well look at you like you'd grown an extra head.
I eventually tested swim tracking the way I suspected many Apple Watch users were going to swim: In a pool and by the beach, exploring the water. But even my lackluster swimming abilities and testing didn't stop me from being curious about the science behind what Apple had accomplished. From my review:
Well, PopSci didn't necessarily get Katie Ledecky in the pool for its recent dive into the Apple Watch Series 2 and 3's swim-tracking methods, but Rob Veger did chat with Jay Blahnik, director of fitness and health technologies at Apple and the company's resident fitness champion. From PopSci:
There's also some great data on the specifics of how the accelerometer and gyroscope are working, courtesy Apple's director of engineering for location and motion services, Ron Huang.
If you're interested in learning more, check out PopSci's full article. I may never take advantage of most of these features, but I'm sure glad Apple is testing them so thoroughly — it gives me hope for all the other exercise tracking the company is working on. (PS, Apple: If you ever need a test subject for skating exercises, give me or the Bay Area Derby folks a call.)
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Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.