Yesterday’s debut of the Apple Watch ushers in a new stage of fitness tracking. In addition to receiving messages, emails, call, and, of course, tell time, the Apple Watch will also be able to measure different types of exercise and activity.
In addition to their own fitness app, Apple is also teaming up with Nike to offer the Nike+ running app on the Apple Watch. Nike+ is already familiar to so many runners who use the app on their iPhone to track their workouts. Now Nike+ Running App users will be able to access distance, duration and pace right on their Apple Watch. Runners will see when friends send them a cheer, and can listen to music wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled headphones. Users will also be able to see the Nike+ Leaderboard from their watch.
Unfortunately you can’t leave your phone at home for these runs. The Apple watch uses your iPhone’s (5 or higher) wifi and GPS to accurately track pace and distance.
The Apple Watch and Nike+ Running App will be available on April 24th, although preorders begin on April 10. The 38mm sport edition starts at $349, while the 42mm sport edition starts at $399.