Garmin 955 Gets SatIQ
Edit: This beta set of features is now live.
Well, the title says it all.
The Garmin Forerunner 955 (Solar) gets SatIQ which is a seemingly great feature that automatically turns on higher levels of satellite accuracy when needed. It comes at a battery cost BUT you could turn the feature description around instead to say that it turns OFF the higher consuming accuracy levels when similar accuracy can be achieved by GPS-only.
Read More: What is SatIQ on Garmins?
Also added to the beta is the power guide which is a significant feature. Potentially more significant. Power Guide is like Best Bike Split’s service in that it models optimal TARGET power levels around a predetermined course (and only on a course). So it’s ideal for race day. Well, that’s the theory. I’ve used it a few times now and find it quite inaccurate also triathletes/duathletes might need to tone down the levels slightly to either compensate for accumulated fatigue or to allow for the discipline that follows. Power Guide DOES let you apply a percentage change to its recommendations but the correct level will only be arrived at by trial and error.
Read More: Power Guide – A bit more on why it didn’t work on the Edge 1040
Fun Fact: Forerunner 255 gets SatIQ as well (all the new watches & Edges will)
It seems that 12-speed Di2 support is added. I’m pretty sure I’ve been using it at least to some degree for a few months.
Similarly, I thought that elevation profiles were already on the 955 for courses. Maybe not. I guess I’ll never know as I’ve already upgraded to this beta.
Here are the changes in full and you can register for more new ones with the 955 beta program by following the instructions here.
• Added support for displaying a power guide for cycling courses.
• Added support for the Shimano Di2.
• Added support for SatIQ.
• Added support for selecting a PacePro plan for a race.
• Added support for showing an elevation graph for cycling events with a course file.
• Added support for setting sleep/wake times on the device.
• Added support for displaying step streaks on the weekly steps graph.
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