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Apple is planning new Apple Watch activity challenges in honor of Lunar New Year, Black History Month, and Heart Month, all of which take place in January and February.

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For Lunar New Year, Apple Watch owners can earn an award after doing any workout for at least 20 minutes. The challenge will need to be completed between between January 22 and February 5, and it will be available worldwide even though Lunar New Year is primarily celebrated in select countries. The 2023 Lunar New Year begins on Sunday, January 22 and lasts for 15 days.

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For Heart Month, Apple Watch owners will need to complete a 30 minute workout to fill their Exercise ring on Tuesday, February 14, which is Valentine's Day.

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Apple's "Unity" challenge in honor of Black History Month requires users to close the Move ring for seven days in a row in February.

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As with all of Apple's Activity Challenges, the two challenges will be accompanied by three awards that can be viewed in the Fitness app as well as a series of animated stickers that can be used in the Messages app.


Article Link: New Apple Watch Activity Challenges Launching to Celebrate Lunar New Year, Black History Month, and Heart Month
 

japanime

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Hey MacRumors where do you get advance info on these activity challenges? They are not showing up in the Fitness app yet. Is Apple announcing them?
I've found that the designs of the actual badges usually show up here before anywhere else:

 

japanime

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The challenge will need to be completed between between January 22 and February 5, and it will be available worldwide even though Lunar New Year is primarily celebrated in select countries.
I'm happy the Lunar New Year challenge will be available worldwide. I don't understand why some of these challenges are region-locked in the first place.

For instance, until 2020, I used to be able to do the annual Veterans Day challenge here in Japan. But the past two years, that challenge has been region-locked to the United States. That's just silly. There are lots of U.S. veterans living overseas. Just because they aren't at "home" shouldn't keep them (or anyone else) from participating in a Veterans Day challenge. Who at Apple decided that what was fine up until 2020 should be region-locked thereafter?
 

Porco

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“It’s not about the bunny.



…is it about the bunny?



No. It’s not about the bunny.”
 

mongobongo

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I'm happy the Lunar New Year challenge will be available worldwide. I don't understand why some of these challenges are region-locked in the first place.

For instance, until 2020, I used to be able to do the annual Veterans Day challenge here in Japan. But the past two years, that challenge has been region-locked to the United States. That's just silly. There are lots of U.S. veterans living overseas. Just because they aren't at "home" shouldn't keep them (or anyone else) from participating in a Veterans Day challenge. Who at Apple decided that what was fine up until 2020 should be region-locked thereafter?
There is a simple workaround for this; all you have to do to make the challenge show up is change the region on your watch. Once you have completed the challenge you get to keep the award even after you change back to your own region.
 

shaun1110

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Calling it lunar new year may make people who aren't chinese happy, but using chinese zodiac originated from china as the symbol, isn't it ironic? Better to call it chinese new year if you want to use rabbit as the symbol. The fact is that people only start calling it lunar new year because they don't want to accept the fact their culture is historically affected by chinese culture.
 
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