You can now receive cardio fitness notifications on your Apple Watch
What you need to know
- Apple Watch now tracks low levels of VO2 max.
- The watch was already tracking regular and high levels before today's update.
In a press release (opens in new tab), Apple has announced that with the release of iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2, Apple Watch users can track and also receive a notification if their cardio fitness level falls into the low range. The Apple Watch had already tracked regular and high levels of VO2 max, which is a key sign of cardio performance, but the latest update to watchOS 7 now allows the Apple Watch to detect and track lower levels as well.
Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, says that the company is excited to democratize this kind of detection that would normally require a visit to a specialized doctor's office.
Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, says that these technologies will help empower even more people to take agency over their own health.
To get these new features, download iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2, both of which are now available.
Get the best of iMore in your inbox, every day!
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.