Apple Fitness+ in iOS 15 will integrate with the new Mindfulness app released with watchOS 8

Apple Mindfullness app and Fitness+

With watchOS 8, Apple has reimagined and expanded the popular Breathe app. It is now being renamed to “Mindfulness’.

The new app will help users to breathe deeper and the built-in visualizations and tips are there to help you regain focus and be more mindful.

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Much like Breathe, the total minutes you spend using the app will be tracked with a summary of total mindful minutes along with your heart rate.

What is interesting is Apple did not specifically call out any integration aspects of the new Mindfulness app with Fitness+ in iOS 15.

iOS 15 Apple Fitness+ and mindfulness app integration
Integration of Audio meditation sessions into Fitness+

Based on the screenshot that was shared during WWDC sessions yesterday, it appears that the Mindfulness app will have integrations into Fitness+.

A closer look into that image shows the integration between Apple Fitness+ subscription service and the new Mindfulness app.

The new Reflect feature in Mindfulness helps you establish a meditation practice by focusing on a short, thought-provoking theme. A beautiful animation helps users visualize. This could probably open up the potential for audio-guided meditation sessions in Fitness+.

audio meditation minutes in Fitness+
Fitness+ will probably feature Audio meditations and will be integrated via the new Mindfulness app

It is unclear how this new feature will work with Fitness+ in iOS 15. The Fitness+ section in iOS 15 does not show any changes. We could not find any other mindfulness mentions other than the existing ‘Mindful Cooldown’ sessions.

Most Apple competitors in the streaming fitness segment have some sort of guided meditation and mindfulness content. Fitbit’s premium subscription platform also offers its users with guided sessions from Deepak Chopra.

Hopefully, there’s more here than meets the eye and we will learn more details from Apple in the coming weeks or months.

I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products and have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In my day job, I advise fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health&fitness-tech evolution and keep a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch or Fossil Gen 5 LTE and keep a close eye on my HRV and other recovery metrics.

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