Best New Health Features in iOS 16 and watchOS 9

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Apple has released iOS 16 and watchOS 9 with great new features to help with your health and wellness. Let’s take a look at the standouts:

The Fitness app no longer requires an Apple Watch

Fitness app

The Fitness app previously did not appear unless you paired your iPhone with an Apple Watch. With iOS 16, you can now track your daily activity using the motion sensors built-in to your phone and use that data to close your move ring.

Medication tracking

The Health app can now remind you to take your daily medications, supplements, and vitamins.

Heart rate zones in watchOS 9

Apple Watch with heart zone metrics

You can view your current heart rate zone while working out with your Apple Watch. The zones are automatically calculated by Apple Watch using your health data.

New workout summaries

Apple Watch and iPhone with iOS 16 showing a new workout summary

You can now scrub through your run and see metrics like your heart rate and pace at any particular point on the map.

Apple Fitness+ no longer requires an Apple Watch

Previously, you needed an Apple Watch to stream workouts from Apple’s streaming workout service: Apple Fitness+. Now, you can subscribe and stream the workouts (minus the on-screen Apple Watch metrics) with just an iPhone.

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