Impulse: Apple Fitness+ Disappointment

When Apple originally announced their Apple One subscription, I was conflicted. Conflicted about whether or not it would make sense financially to jump in. Historically, I’ve paid for Apple Music and iCloud storage. So Apple One doesn’t entirely make sense unless you want one of the other services.

And in my case, that one other service was Fitness+. I have been building a morning workout routine recently, and I really wanted to explore some of the workouts in Fitness+ as a means to expand my exercise methods. Thus, when Fitness+ was released I upgrade to Apple One and was instantly distracted by News+. Typical.

It wasn’t until a few days later when I was planning my first rendezvous with Fitness+ that I went to the App Store to download the Fitness app on my iPhone. It said it wasn’t available on my device. That’s fine. I knew it had just been released and I had heard of the App Store taking some time to catch up in some regions. So I waited.

My wait ended up being a week later. I again tried to download the app and it said the same thing. So I finally read the whole message and looked through the details for the Fitness app. It turns out that unless you have an Apple Watch, you cannot download the app. Wait, what?

What I learned is that Fitness+ is based on the Apple Watch and isn’t available on iPhone alone. You can start a workout on your iPhone without the Apple Watch if you already have the Fitness app installed. But you cannot install the app without an Apple Watch. 😡

Instantly, I downgraded my account. It was the one thing I was excited about in Apple One and the single reason for my leaving it when it doesn’t work. I don’t want an Apple Watch. And I’m not buying one to wear only for workouts.

I guess I’ll stick to the ole trusty methods of following checklists and listening to whatever music I want.

Thanks for reading my rant. 🤗


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