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watchOS 7: Activity rings finally better adjustable

Apple’s Activity Rings have been around since the first edition of the Apple Watch in 2015 – and they’re one of its most popular features. The watch tracks three things: the “active calories” burned by sport and exercise, the athletic performance from a fast walk (training ring), and the fact that you have moved at least one minute per hour (ring for standing ). Users can try to close all three rings, which can be motivating for exercise. However, the activity rings have so far been very limited in terms of configuration options.

With watchOS 7, which was released on Tuesday, that is finally changing. Until now it was only possible to determine the active calories to be achieved per day – either directly or once a week on request – now the training ring and the ring can also be set for standing. At least the training ring can be adjusted upwards as well as downwards, so that both beginners and advanced users can find each other. The training goal can be reduced to just 10 minutes per day or increased to 60 minutes – previously 30 minutes were fixed.

In the standing ring, there is a maximum of 12 hours in which you must have stood and moved for at least a minute; but it is now also possible to define a minimum of only 6 hours. The latter is useful when you are traveling and changing time zones – then it may not be possible to close the ring. Some people also have particularly short days, which is now taken into account.

What is currently still missing in watchOS 7, however, are so-called cheat days for the rings. With this, a user could define “cheat days” on which he does not have to reach the goal of closing them. Not everyone is active enough every day – but they then lose their “streak”, i.e. the number of days on which they closed the rings completely.

That, in turn, can have a very demotivating effect. Users had asked Apple to implement such a feature for years. With the new setting function you can “catch” even loose days, but with Cheat Days this would be just a push of a button.


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