Apple has rolled out the watchOS 9.2 update for its compatible watches along with the iOS 16.2 update for iPhones and iPads. The watchOS 9.2 brings two running features to the Workout app on Apple Watch Series 4 and later models. It comes with Automatic Track Detection and Race Routing running features. The former uses Apple Maps and GPS to pinpoint the precise lane of the track you’re running on, while the latter enables you to compete against your prior records on that route. As of now, these features have been rolled out in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Automatic Track Detection: Here’s how it works
The latest automatic track detection feature on your Apple Watch can detect when you are running on any normal 400-meter outdoor track. At the beginning of an Outdoor Run session, runners will be asked to choose their lane. If you need to sprint to the track itself, you will be prompted while working out. You can also get lap alerts while working out on the track. Here’s how you can start a ‘Track’ workout on your Apple Watch and use the track detection feature:
- Apple Watch Series 4 or newer
- watchOS 9.2 update or newer
- Workout app
How to start a Track workout on Apple Watch
- On your Apple Watch, open the Workout app.
- Tap on the Outdoor Run option.
- Now, you will be prompted to select a lane if your Apple Watch detects that you are running on a track.
- Then, select the Lane option using the plus or minus button.
- Hit the Confirm button.
- If this is your first time performing a Track workout, hit the Confirm button after selecting a measurement unit (miles/metres).
- Your Apple Watch will inform you if you deviate from a track while running.
How to turn on lap alerts on Apple Watch
Follow these steps to get an alert after finishing each lap around the track. The feature displays your distance, time and pace.
- Open the Workout app on your Apple Watch.
- Go to the Outdoor Run tab and tap on the More button available next to it.
- Then, tap on the Edit button available next to any goal.
- Hit the Alerts button and turn up the Digital Crown.
- Tap on the Track Lap option and then turn the toggle on for the Lap Alert feature.
Adjusting your lane
Apple Watch also allows you to adjust your lane during a workout. If you change lanes while you’re working out, you can just swipe right on the watch face and tap on the Lane option to enter your new lane.
The Automatic Track Detection feature on your Apple Watch offers a considerable level of convenience since there is no need for calibration, unlike in some other specialised running watches.
If the Apple Watch detects that you’ve arrived at a track, it can even switch to track mode in the middle of a conventional run. Users can also enter the information manually in the Workout app later if the watch is unable to recognise the track for any reason.