Apple Watch has always attracted fitness heads since the time it was introduced.
Before its release, runners have always used various other devices to measure and monitor their run preference.
What used to be Garmin and Polaris trackers with a chest wrapped heart rate monitor to keep track of your heart rate while you moved quickly gave away to different running apps on your iPhone.
Apps such as Runtastic and Map My Run have developed millions of fans over the years. When the Apple Watch came out, it had limited integration with third party apps. One of which disable these running apps from accessing your heart rate monitor data.
People that were used to apps such as Instant Heart Rate by Azumio on their iPhone now could not integrate the information effectively to their Apple Watch.
Things Have Changed
Three of the most popular running apps on the Apple Watch now offer support for accessing the heart rate sensor on Apple Watch.
Both of these apps now can leverage the heart rate sensor data on your Apple Watch. Other application vendors are currently upgrading their software to leverage this important piece of information. This includes the popular Map My Run app and Nike+Run.
RunKeeper is also another fantastic running app for your Apple Watch. It requires you to start the activity on your watch instead of the iPhone. In other words, you can leave your phone at home, and the app still tracks and saves your heart rate data right on the Apple Watch.
As the Apple Watch begins to offer new sensor information, the third party app developers will need to update their software continually to keep their customers happy.
Now that we know that Apple is continuing to focus on health aspects of its Apple Watch product in its secret lab, it will include lot more features, perhaps new health sensors.
Extra note: We also put together a list of Apple Watch apps that can track your sleep as well. It’s important to measure your sleep when you’re a fitness junkie.