Apple has announced that its Fitness+ app is set for release on Dec. 14 in a limited number of countries around the world, including the U.K. and Ireland in Europe. The new app incorporates metrics from the Apple Watch (from monitoring the user’s heart rate, to personalize workouts), and brings virtual workouts via its iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. At launch, the app will feature ten popular workout styles including: yoga, dance, cycling, treadmill (for running and walking), rowing, strength, high intensity interval training, core, and mindful cooldown. They will direclty compete with similar apps by Peloton, Icon, Nautilus and Lululemon. Each week, Fitness+ will be delivering new content across all workout types with a variety of music, trainers, and times, Apple said. Music can be chosen by the user from nine different genres, including : Latest Hits, Chill Vibes, Upbeat Anthems, Pure Dance, Throwback Hits, Everything Rock, Latin Grooves, Hip Hop/R&B, and Top Country. Users do not need to be Apple Music subscribers to enjoy music with the Fitness+ app, although for those who do have an Apple Music subscription, specific songs or an entire playlist from Fitness+ workouts can be downloaded into their Apple Music library. Apple Fitness+ will initially be available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S. as a subscription service, after a free trial, for $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. The service can be shared by up to six family members for the same price. Customers who purchase the Apple Watch Series 3 or a later version benefit from a free three-month subscription, while existing Apple Watch users have one month of Fitness+ for free.

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