watchOS 8 can now announce your progress during a workout

Apple Watch workout
Apple Watch workout (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • watchOS 8 can announce workout progress with Siri.
  • The feature is designed to work when you are using headphones with your Apple Watch.

The Workout app on the Apple Watch gives users access to track a ton of different workouts. From running to basketball to swimming to yoga, Apple has put a ton of work to help you keep track of your workout progress no matter what kind of workout it is.

Up until now, in order to see your workout progress, you've always needed to peek at your wrist. Apple appears to be working to fix this with a new feature in watchOS 8. As spotted by 9to5Mac, watchOS 8 will announce the progress of your workout. According to the report, the feature only works when you have a pair of headphones paired to your Apple Watch, so it will not announce anything directly through the Apple Watch's built-in speaker.

The Voice Feedback seems to happen anytime the Workout app on Apple Watch would normally buzz the user's wrist with a status alert shown on-screen. For instance, during a running or walking workout, the user gets a voice announcement every time they complete one mile of distance. Siri will say something like, "Mile two, pace 6 minute 30 seconds."You also get audible alerts when Activity Rings are closed during the workout, and when the workout goal (presuming you didn't start an Open Workout) is met.

How to view goal metrics in Workout for Apple Watch

How to view goal metrics in Workout for Apple Watch (Image credit: iMore)

The feature sounds similar to that of rival workout tracking apps like Nike Run Club and Strava. I know, from personal experience with the Nike Run Club app, that you can choose to have that app announce workout progress as well.

watchOS 8 will release to all users this fall. If you want to pick up a pair of headphones so you can use the upcoming feature, check out our list of the Best Bluetooth headphones for Apple Watch in 2021.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.