The beautiful Apple Watch spokesperson Christy Turlington-Burns has been running a blog on Apple.com for the past three weeks, detailing how the Apple Watch has helped her train for the London Marathon.
It’s mostly puff stuff, but her latest entry has one interesting tidbit: the Apple Watch can apparently track many of your fitness levels even without an iPhone in range. She goes into more detail about how.
While promoting her charity, Every Mother Counts, former Vogue model Turlington-Burns has been training and blogging about the Apple Watch.
Most of this has been pretty obvious marketing, but there has been one revelation that is interesting in Week Three of her blog:
“After you run with Apple Watch and your iPhone a few times, the Workout app knows more about your stride,” she wrote. “So you can run on a treadmill or outside without your phone and still get a really accurate workout summary.”
That’s an interesting detail. Although the Apple Watch requires an iPhone in Bluetooth range to operate, you can still leave it behind when you go for a run, without worrying about the Watch not tracking your activity. That means the Apple Watch is a self-sufficient fitness tracker.
As a sometimes jogger, that’s exciting to me. I’d love it if the Apple Watch had a self-sufficient cellular connection, so I could follow custom-plotted run routes while jogging without dragging my iPhone along. But this is a pretty good consolation prize.