Apple adding Apple Feature that owners have been waiting nearly 10 years for 

  • Apple has shared details of its watchOS 11
  • The update will allow users to ‘pause’ their Activity Rings without breaking their streak
  •  Apple Watch owners are delighted about the new feature

Published on Jun 19, 2024 at 11:23 AM (UTC+4)
by Claire Reid

Last updated on Jun 19, 2024 at 5:47 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Apple has revealed a host of new features coming to watchOS 11 – including the ability to ‘pause’ Activity Rings. 

Apple shared details of the new operating system for its wearable tech at Apple Park in California on Monday (17 June), where the new features and functions were unveiled.

Amongst them was the ‘Vitals’ feature. Vitals will give users a ‘better understanding of [their] daily health status’ by recording overnight health data to create a full picture of your overall health. 

It will keep tabs on numerous metrics such as heart rate, temperature, and respiratory rate – and if something seems off your watch will let you know. Sounds pretty useful.

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Apple explains: “If multiple metrics are ever outside your typical range, you’ll receive a notification along with context for factors that may be involved — like medications, elevation, alcohol, or even illness. 

“All to help you know when it’s a good idea to pay closer attention to your body.”

You can also use the new Training Load feature, which will allow you to track your workouts to see the long-term impacts they may have on your body and make adjustments, if necessary. 

After a workout, your data will be logged in the Workout app and Training Load will be able to tell you if you’re undertraining or overdoing it.

Pretty smart, right?

“We can finally pause streaks.”

However, it’s the introduction of the ability to customize – and pause – Activity Rings that has got watch owners most excited about the update. 

The watchOS 11 will allow you to ‘adjust your Activity ring goals for every day of the week’, for the first time ever. 

You can also ‘pause’ activity if you fancy a day off – and it won’t break your streak. 

Apple explains: “Move, Exercise, and Stand rings show your daily activity, and the goal is to close them every day.

“But if you need to take a break, you can now put your rings on pause for a day, week, month, or more and keep your award streak going.”

This came as welcome news to those who have a bit of a ‘love/hate’ relationship with their Apple Watch activity streak. 

Taking to X, one person commented: “We can FINALLY pause streaks on Apple Watch.”

While a second added: “The best thing out of WWDC is finally letting you pause your activity rings if you need to take a break for whatever reason.

“Having to reset a long streak when I had COVID was the most frustrating thing.”

The company recently revealed details of its iOS 18 update, which is set to include AI, and will be available on an extensive list of iPhones and iPads.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist who hails from the UK but is now living in New Zealand. She began her career after graduating with a degree in Journalism from Liverpool John Moore’s University and has more than a decade of experience, writing for both local newspapers and national news sites. Across her career she's covered a wide variety of topics, including celebrity, cryptocurrency, politics, true crime and just about everything in between.