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Taking Apple Watch for a run? Don't forget your iPhone

Caitlin McGarry | March 11, 2015
The Watch relies on the phone for many of its fitness features.

Runtastic CEO Florian Gschwandtner said the Apple Watch is a "nice combination" between standard running watches and the iPhone that will only help improve fitness tech in the long run. Runtastic makes its own fit tech devices, but Gschwandtner isn't concerned that Cupertino will make his products irrelevant.

"If we see Apple is pushing that much energy into fitness, that just shows that it's such a big thing," he said. "Overall that helps the developers that are working in health and fitness."

Android Wear didn't support GPS initially, either, though now it does, and some Android smartwatches have GPS baked into the hardware to take advantage of that support. It's possible that Apple will add that capability to the next-gen Apple Watch. Until then, I'll be dreaming of an Apple Watch Sport that displays my pace, heart rate, and mileage; stores my favorite high-energy playlists; sends quick replies to my boyfriend when he asks when I'm coming back; and lets me use Apple Pay for an iced coffee on the walk back to my apartment--all without having to carry my bulky iPhone in my nonexistent running-pants pockets. Hey, a lady can dream, right? I'll see how my dream compares to reality when Macworld gets its own Apple Watch on April 24, so stay tuned.


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