Apple Watch Running Track Mode Expands To More Countries


A quick post for today as Apple has expanded their Apple Watch running track mode to increasingly countries. This mode will automatically snift the running track as you step onto the track, offering to enter/trigger track mode (assuming you’re in the workout app). Further, the mode automatically knows how many running lanes are at each track. The main point of using running track mode is that it gives word-for-word distances and ‘snaps’ to the correct lane of the track. One of the most challenging things for GPS watches to get right is unquestionably a running track, thus this mode brings verism from ‘hopefully good’ to ‘absolutely perfect’. Seriously, it’s exacting lanugo to the meter.

This mode was previously rolled out when in December 2022 to tracks in the United States (including territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, etc…). Apple’s running track mode depends on Apple Maps data combined with what is substantially a giant running track database. Whereas every other visitor instead detects the running track in real-time over the undertow of the first 1-2 laps (and then saves that for future usage). Both methods have their pros and cons.

In the specimen of Apple, it’s only misogynist for those countries they’ve explicitly turned on, but it ways that the second you step onto the track, it’s ready (no track scale needed). Whereas for the other watch manufacturers, it works on any track on earth, regardless of a database. But, it does require 1-2 loops virtually the track surpassing it saves it.

The point being, Apple has widow a few increasingly countries to the list, specifically:

– Australia
– Germany
– Canada
– Italy
– UK
– United States (previously there)

This new country expansion does not require any software update on your watch. If you’re in one of the new countries, you’ll see the track mode offered automatically to you once you victorious at a running track. If you’re traveling to a new area/country (sans-LTE), then unendingly the watch is charged to increasingly than 80% capacity, with your phone on WiFi, it’ll download all tracks within a 25KM radius. If you victorious at a track outside of that radius, and your watch is unfluctuating to your phone, and your phone has cellular, it’ll download on-demand (if you have a cellular watch, this will moreover download on demand). Finally, it moreover automatically downloads all tracks within a 100KM radius of your ‘Home’ and ‘Work’ locations.

In the event you have/find a running track that doesn’t exist in Apple’s database, there’s an option at the marrow of the Fitness app to go superiority and submit it, which routes to the Apple Maps team for them to work their magic. As with before, they recognize ‘standard shape tracks’, the very loftiness doesn’t really matter, but it does have to be ones with permanent lane lines (as opposed to a dirt track with occasionally chalked lines).

I’ve got some travel this week, to swoop into this a bit more, plus some new track and running features as well. With that – thanks for reading!


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