Apple launches new GymKit certification app to drive adoption and improve stability

Apple’s GymKit platform for pairing your Apple Watch with gym equipment has slowly grown since its launch in 2017. It’s been a gradual process and one that has happened without much fanfare. Now, hoping to entice more equipment manufacturers to add GymKit support, Apple has launched a new GymKit Certification Assistant app to streamline the approval process.

The new GymKit Certification Assistant app was added to the App Store today, according to sources. The app is distributed under Apple’s developer account, but it is currently unlisted. This indicates that you cannot find it in the App Store via search or by visiting Apple’s account page. Instead, it can only be accessed via a direct link.

Apple’s description for the new app is short and sweet:

For use by MFi licensees only. Use the GymKit Certification Wizard to test pairing, connection, and additional key requirements for fitness equipment you’ve developed to incorporate GymKit technology.

The application is intended for equipment manufacturers to test the operation of their products with the GymKit platform. The app guides businesses through the process of testing NFC connectivity, data accuracy, and verifying the accuracy of information displayed to users.

It is likely that Apple distributed this app privately to its GymKit partners in the past. Adding the app to the App Store makes this process easier and could signal that Apple is looking to speed up the launch speed of new GymKit products.

Additionally, the app can help equipment companies fix bugs with their GymKit integration after launching the feature. Businesses can see specific, detailed information about Bluetooth and NFC connectivity to help determine why certain features aren’t working as expected.

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Whether or not this new GymKit Certification Assistant app will lead to wider GymKit adoption is up in the air. I hope that’s the case, because the availability of GymKit is still quite rare at the moment.

As a reminder, GymKit is Apple’s platform that allows users to pair their Apple Watch to gym machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, stair trainers, and more. Metrics between the Apple Watch and the gym machine are shared, combining data from the machine with details like heart rate and calories burned from the watch.

The idea is that the combination of this leads to more accurate fitness tracking for Apple Watch users. It also streamlines the process of stopping, starting, and pausing workouts at both ends of the process.

How often do you use gym equipment that supports GymKit integration? Is the platform stable and reliable for you? Let us know on our social networks.

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