Apple Releases watchOS 7.2 With Fitness+, Cardio Fitness Notifications, and More

Apple today released watchOS 7.2, the second major update to the watchOS 7 operating system that was released in September. watchOS 7.2 comes more than a month after the release of watchOS 7.1.

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‌‌The watchOS 7.2 update‌‌ can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌‌.

watchOS 7.2 introduces support for Apple Fitness+, Apple's newest streaming service. Powered by Apple Watch, Fitness+ provides subscribers with studio-style workouts that can be watched on ‌iPhone‌, iPad, and Apple TV in categories that include cycling, yoga, core, strength, treadmill, and more.

Fitness+ requires an Apple Watch, with the watch connecting to the device that you're watching the workout on to provide on-screen follow-along metrics for motivational purposes.

The update also adds a Cardio Fitness feature for the Apple Watch, which is a "strong indicator of overall health." The feature measures VO2 max, or the maximum amount of oxygen that your body is able to consume during exercise. Measurements are done over time, and the Apple Watch and ‌iPhone‌ are able to send notifications to let you know about fluctuations in your VO2 max.

Apple Watch has previously been able to measure VO2Max, but the new feature includes support for lower ranges that have needed clinical testing in the past.

Cardio Fitness can be accessed through a new trend that's been added to the Activity app, and it can be set up in the Health app on ‌iPhone‌. Cardio fitness levels are available for users age 20 and above in ranges that include high, above average, below average, or low, and are estimated by age. Apple sends notifications to let you know if your cardio fitness is at a low level, providing motivation to move more.

Atrial fibrillation classification is now available at heart rates above 100BPM, the ECG app is now available in Taiwan, and support for braille displays has been added. Apple's full release notes are below:

watchOS 7.2 includes new features and improvements, including Apple Fitness+, a personalized fitness experience powered by Apple Watch. Additional features include low cardio fitness notifications and support for braille displays. This update also contains performance improvements.

Apple Fitness+
- A new fitness experience powered by Apple Watch with studio-style workouts available on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV
- Video workouts added each week in ten popular workout types: High Intensity Interval Training, Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Core, Strength, Dance, Rowing, Treadmill Walking, Treadmill Running, and Mindful Cooldown
- Fitness+ subscription available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States

This update also includes the following features and improvements:
- Option to be notified when your cardio fitness is at a low level
- Ability to review your cardio fitness level based on your age and sex in the Health app on iPhone
- Atrial fibrillation classification at heart rates above 100 BPM now offered in the ECG app in most regions where the app is available
- Support for the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in Taiwan
- Support for braille displays with VoiceOver
- Support for Family Setup in Bahrain, Canada, Norway, and Spain (Cellular models of Apple Watch Series 4 or later and Apple Watch SE)

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
https://support.apple.com/HT201222

For more on all of the new features that were in watchOS 7, we have a watchOS 7 roundup available.

Related Roundup: watchOS 8

Top Rated Comments

kytiger Avatar
11 months ago

I'm having a really hard time installing updates on my S3 lately. I tried to install 7.1 when it came out and my watch had only 2GB free space (of 4GB total). I uninstalled all apps I could and didn't have any other content on it (music, photos, etc). I finally had to reset the watch and set it up again to get 7.1 to install.

Today I tried to do 7.2 but had the same issue (only 2GB free, the update required 2.5GB free). Again, this is with no content on the watch and only the stock apps installed. I was finally able to get 2.2GB freed up and it looks like the install is progressing now.

I don't know why I have 4GB capacity but only 2GB free right off the bat with setting the watch up with my iPhone. Hopefully the install goes thru so I can use Fitness + tonight.
Same problem with my wife’s S3. I have to Unpair and Repair before every update. It’s pretty ridiculous.

I miss the good ol days when Apple products “just worked”.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
11 months ago
This is great! Good stuff!!!

Thank you Apple.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
11 months ago
maybe I'll change my mind and update iOS and watchos today :)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
11 months ago
I have a love / have relationship on update day. I have already lost 4% battery charge since the update completed. Lol I know it will take about 24 hrs to calm back down but still annoying.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Futhark Avatar
11 months ago
So how do I claim my 3 months free for purchasing the Series 6? I only got the 1 Month free option?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
clcnyc Avatar
11 months ago

Stuck in “verifying” mode
Aaaaaand still in verifying mode. Come on!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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