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Apple Watch Series 3 Now Tracks Skiing and Snowboarding Activity

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Feb 28, 2018, 10:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Apple today said updated apps for the Apple Watch Series 3 make it possible for winter sports enthusiasts to gather data while carving through some fresh powder. When Apple introduced watchOS 4.2, it gave developers new APIs to access GPS data and the altimeter. Apps from snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru, and Ski Tracks put those APIs to use and can now track vertical descent, horizontal distance traveled, number of runs, average and maximum speeds, total activity time, and calories burned. The information is plotted in graphs and charts so skiers and snowboarders can easily gauge the success of their day on the mountain. Apple says activity recorded in these apps will be passed along to the Health app on the iPhone. People who opt for Slopes or snoww will be able to use Siri to start tracking their runs. All the apps with the updated functionality are available on the iTunes App Store.

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