Tempo’s major update today includes full integration of the Apple Watch even though there is no Apple GymKit in the hardware. Beachbody is updating its new MYX 2 Bike with similar support for the Apple Watch. Is Apple GymKit dead for home use?
Earlier this year, Peloton was forced to reduce some functionality of its Apple GymKit to Peloton Bike +. In particular, the company has removed the possibility of connecting with Apple Wath when conducting classes that take place outside the bike, such as strength, yoga and training camps.
This upset many people (including me) who bought the upgraded Peloton bike primarily for the rotating screen and support for the Apple Watch. It seemed strange that these two features sell together if they can’t be used together.
Instead, I had to rely on Watch Link and an app called Echo to connect Apple Watchs to most connected fitness devices.
Today, Tempo announced its new Apple Watch integration, which does not use the Apple GymKit. The way it works is that the Apple Watch sends your heart rate data to the Tempo app on your phone. And then, the phone updates your Tempo device via WiFi.
This also allows the Tempo app on the Apple Watch to have other features, such as pausing and resuming training. This is super handy because you’ll generally stand at least six feet further at a pace while exercising.
The OpenFit program on the MYX 2 bike has also just received a new update that allows for similar integration of the Apple Watch via their app.
This makes Peloton’s Apple GymKit feel even worse because it now works even less than devices not shipped with the GymKit.
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