Apple Fitness+ now available to all iPhone users in 21 countries

With updates that make fitness even more fun!



Heads up, Fitness buffs!

Apple’s Fitness+ is coming to iPhone users on an update later this fall, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch. The feature is coming to 21 countries and will be fully integrated with the Fitness app coming with iOS 16.

Fitness enthusiasts will only need an iPhone to sign up to experience Fitness+ on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Successful users will have access to the entire service comprised of 3,000 studio-type workouts and meditations.

Meanwhile, Fitness+ users with an Apple Watch can continue with their lives. Take motivations to the next level with personalized real-time metrics, and enjoy “Time to Walk”, “Time to Run”, and meditations with just the Apple Watch paired with AirPods or other Bluetooth-enabled headphones.

Time to Walk

Fitness+ introduces the fourth season of Time to Walk, an inspiring audio experience on the Apple Watch. The experience aims to encourage people to walk more often, with help from some of the world’s most interesting and influential people.

Time to Walk has featured 58 guests to date. In its fourth season, it will bring Regina Hall, Nicky Jam, Ade Adepitan, Constance Wu, and Meghan Trainor.

Time to Run

On the other hand, Time to Run — an audio running experience that inspires users in their everyday run — will add new episodes featuring popular running routes.

In its second season, locations such as Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Mexico City, Anchorage in Alaska, Monterey in California, Seattle, and Queenstown in New Zealand will be added.

Each episode is led by a Fitness+ trainer with inspiring coaching tips, curated music playlists, and photos of notable sights along the route.

Enhancements in WatchOS 9 and iOS 16

With iOS 16, Fitness+ users can now earn dedicated awards for personal records, streaks, or major milestones. For watchOS 9, Fitness+ workouts get additional onscreen guidance.

There will be trainer coaching, showcasing Strokes per Minute (SPM) for Rowing, Revolutions per Minute (RPM) for Cycling, and Incline for walkers and runners in Treadmill.

Moreover, subscribers without Apple TV can use AirPlay to stream workouts on third-party devices.

Artist Spotlight, Collections, and more

More updates coming to Fitness+ include Artist Spotlight, a dedicated workout playlist that appears across different workout types.

There’s also a new collection called Pilates for More Than Your Core. Other existing, available collections in the service include Train to Row a Fast 2000 Meters, Run Your First 5K, Get into a Groove with Dance, Resilience for Life’s Ups and Downs, and more.

Furthermore, Dice Iida-Klein joins the roster of the Fitness+ trainer team, with 15 years of experience teaching yoga around the world.

Price, availability

Apple Fitness+ is available as a subscription service for US$ 9.99 per month or US$ 79.99 per year, and can be shared with up to five other family members.

It’s now available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, the UK, and the US.


Twitter now allows mixing videos, photos, and GIFs in one tweet

A more creative way to post



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Throughout the years, we’ve seen how Twitter has evolved, from having a lengthier character limit to replacing squares with circles in its overall page and app layouts.

Now, the popular networking site has come up with a new update which will allow users to post videos, photos, and GIFs all in one tweet.

This change has been tested in the last few months with popular creator and brand accounts across the sports, music, and entertainment industries.

Here are some examples:

Starting today, all users on the platform may now be able to take advantage of the ability to mix different media in a single tweet.

There will still be a maximum of four media in one tweet, but the change definitely gives users more room for creativity in their posts to standout and be more engaging.

Judging from the examples above, the posts kind of mimic Instagram content; it might lessen the need for Twitter threads too.

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Instagram will start to put ads on a user’s profile

And on the Explore page



Ads are everywhere. Several platforms are testing where and how much they can put without raising a lot of fuss from their users. On a few occasions, a platform can cross the line, prompting a wave of reprisals. Instagram, for example, backtracked on a controversial decision to pump out more recommended posts and ads after massive backlash. Despite the recency of the controversy, Instagram is back again with another ad-fueled decision: ads on user profiles.

This week, Meta announced that two more types of ads are coming to Instagram. The first type is a natural extension of what the platform already has. Instead of hiding video ads deep within the Explore section, these short videos will start popping up right on the section’s landing page. Since the section already has ads, it might not be as intrusive, especially when compared to the second type.

Besides a new spot in the Explore feed, Instagram is also adding ads to a user’s profile. Likely to a lot of users’ dismay, it is what it says on the tin. Offering some consolation, the platform won’t spoil a profile’s grid with an ad. Instead, when a user clicks on a post on the profile, the vertical feed, which usually shows a timeline of the profile’s content, will contain spots for ads.

Instagram has not officially confirmed which users will get the feature. However, the company is currently testing it for select creators. It also assures users that it will come only on public profiles, not private individuals.

SEE ALSO: You can snooze recommended posts on Instagram

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YouTube might ask users to pay to watch in 4K

In testing phase



Despite offering a mostly free service, YouTube is finding new ways to monetize parts of its platform. Now, ads are a lot more prevalent while watching videos. A less popular way is gating some features behind the platform’s YouTube Premium banner. YouTube is trying it once again, though. The platform is currently testing whether to keep 4K viewing behind a paywall.

With the capabilities of displays today, YouTube and its creators can offer content in stunning 4K resolution. Though not everyone can enjoy the feature, 4K viewing was a welcome one.

However, as spotted by some users on social media (via TechCrunch), the video-sharing site is reportedly making the viewing option exclusive for Premium users. The company has not officially announced any change yet. However, YouTube’s other accounts on Twitter replied to some concerned users on the site, citing an “experiment” to test what works for Premium and non-Premium users.

The company is still gathering responses to the experiment. However, if the initial social media response is any indication, a good chunk of YouTube’s users isn’t pleased with having to pay more to enjoy high-quality content.

Currently, YouTube Premium comes at US$ 11.99 per month for interested customers. The paid subscription offers ad-free viewing and offline viewing. If the company sees some progress with the experiment, they might ad 4K viewing to Premium’s mix.

SEE ALSO: YouTube has quietly launched a Podcasts hub

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