Apple Fitness+ workouts are gaining Audio Hints, a new accessibility format developed by Apple engineering that combines VoiceOver and Apple’s Text-to-Speech synthesizer to read synchronized Timed Text over video to provide verbal cues beyond those given by the trainers.
Audio Hints are intended to supplement the trainer's spoken instructions by inserting synthesised audio cues to parts of a workout that are only demonstrated visually. This can include prompts for timing on an exercise, alternate actions, and much more.
Audio Hints are available across the Fitness+ library of Studio workouts, and will be available for previously released workouts and new content. They will typically provide information on the following in a workout:
- Start and end of exercise
- Changes in body position
- Exercise modifications shown by the modifying trainer
- Tempo and rhythm
- Equipment adjustments
If you have VoiceOver turned on when you start the workout, Audio Hints will be automatically enabled. Otherwise, you can enable or disable the hints during a workout via the More Controls button. You can also adjust the speech rate for Audio Hints here, independent of the speed for the workout.
Audio Hints will begin rolling out to workouts this week with the releases of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4. They will be available on all of the workouts except for Meditation, Time To Walk, and Time to Run.
If you are an existing user of Apple Fitness+, we look forward to hearing your experience and opinion of these supplementary cues. If you're not already a subscriber, will the addition of Audio Hints tempt you in to giving the service a try? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Apple Fitness+ launched in December 2020. It provides subscribers with access to a library of workout videos encompassing a wide variety of core strengths, including Yoga, dancing, running, walking, cycling, rowing, and pilates. Over 30 new workouts are added each week across all workout types with a variety of trainers, times, and music.
Apple Fitness+ requires iOS 14.3 or later, iPadOS 14.3 or later, watchOS 7.2 or later, and tvOS 14.3 or later. Apple says that to get the newest features, you should use Apple Fitness+ with Apple Watch Series 3 or later with watchOS 8 or later paired with iPhone 6s or later with iOS 15 or later; iPad with iPadOS 15 or later; and Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD with tvOS 15 or later.
Apple Fitness+ is available as a standalone subscription or as part of the Apple One bundle. More information is available here.