Apple wants to add Fitness + Audio meditations to the Mindfulness Apple Watch app, according to a now removed image from WWDC.
Apple’s Platforms State of the Union video featured a short image of a collection of devices running the company’s various new operating systems, and Apple Watch in that image showed the Mindfulness app with a Fitness + Audio Meditations feature.
Apple has now tried to hide the plans for Fitness + Audio meditations by uploading a brand new Platforms State of the Union video that removes the implicit image, and replaces it with a generic image of the Mindfulness app. MacRumors managed to confirm that Apple revealed the feature in the original video.
At the time of writing, Apple has kept the original video with the image showing Fitness + Audio Meditations live for the American Sign Language version of Platforms State of the Union.
Apple already offers an Apple Watch-exclusive Fitness + experience in “Time to Walk.” Time to Walk is an Apple Watch feature for Apple Fitness + subscribers that plays audio stories from influential people as you complete a workout. Fitness + Audio meditations seem to be the next Apple Watch Fitness + audio experience.
With Fitness + Audio meditations, Apple can compete with popular existing guided meditation apps like Headspace, and can help users learn to meditate through spoken instructions and sound.
In watchOS 8, Apple has renamed the Breathe app to “Mindfulness”, and refocused on short meditation practices, tips and thought-provoking topics. The app has been overhauled with new animations and visualizations, a new summary screen and other general improvements.
Given the fact that Apple has quickly tried to remove the first look at Fitness + Audio meditations, it is likely that the feature will be withheld for a formal announcement at a later date, perhaps before the official release of watchOS 8.