Apple’s new Fitness+ feature might make Peloton sweat

Apple has just announced Fitness+, a kind of Netflix for exercise videos that also monitors your personal metrics. Peloton is probably sweating, and not in a good way. Revealed at today’s Apple event, Fitness+ lets you watch workouts on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV while your Apple Watch records your heart rate and calories burned. These metrics will be displayed up on your screen in real time, though you can turn them off if you want to enjoy your workout without fretting about analytics. Fitness+ will also display Apple’s familiar Activity rings, complete with fireworks animation when you close one. As tech commentator Marques Brownlee noted, Peloton’s stock noticeably dropped at Apple’s announcement. Wow Apple Fitness+ might be the biggest disrupter to come to fitness in a while. $9.99 a month with most of the popular work outs. Are services like Peloton and Beachbody in trouble? #AppleEvent — Danny Winget (@superscientific) September 15, 2020 Fitness+ will have 10 types of workouts to choose from: Treadmill Walk, HIIT, Treadmill Run, Rowing, Dance, Cycling, Yoga, Core, Strength, and Mindful Cooldown. Videos will vary in length from five to 45 minutes with new workouts added weekly, recorded by a team of fitness trainers selected by Apple.  You can choose whichever workout you want, but the service will also suggest trainers and workouts based on how you use Apple Watch’s Workout app. If you’re completely new to exercise, Fitness+ will have an Absolute Beginner program to help you get started. The service…Continue readingApple’s new Fitness+ feature might make Peloton sweat

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JBL adds noise cancellation and improved sweat resistance to its latest true wireless earbuds

JBL isn’t a newcomer to true wireless earbuds, but today the company is announcing several new sets with noise cancellation at prices that reflect just how competitive the market has become. The JBL Club Pro Plus earbuds ($199.95) have adaptive noise cancellation and “a unibody design inspired by professional in-ear monitors” and offer JBL’s best sound quality with up to eight hours of continuous battery life (plus 24 extra hours with the battery case). Like many other earbuds of late, they’ve got a feature for tailoring the sound output to your own hearing preferences, which JBL calls Personi-Fi. They’re IPX4 rated for water and sweat resistance, support Fast Pair for easy setup on Android, and either earbud can be used independently. The Club Pro Plus earbuds will launch in October, joined by the less expensive Endurance Peak II earbuds ($99.95), which JBL says are geared more toward fitness with an ear hook design, IPX7 water resistance, and powerful bass. The Endurance Peak II earbuds are more fitness-oriented.Image: JBL For the Europe market, JBL is also introducing the Live Free NC Plus and Reflect Mini TWS. Both feature IPX7 water resistance and a “smart ambient” feature that “keeps you aware of your surroundings when needed.” The Live Free NC Plus — available in October for £139.99 (about $186) — have ANC, wireless charging, seven hours of continuous battery life (21 with case), and the ability to use either earbud independently. They also support Fast Pair on Android for seamless setup. The…Continue readingJBL adds noise cancellation and improved sweat resistance to its latest true wireless earbuds