Garmin 965 & 955 – new features
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Garmin has confirmed via dcrainmaker that the Forerunner 955 and its AMOLED sibling the Forerunner 965 will both receive almost all the newly announced Fenix PRO features that don’t rely on new hardware. As a daily 965 user, I’m especially excited by anything new that will take advantage of my whopping 1.4″ (454x45xpx) piece of visual real estate which don’t forget is the same size display as the largest Epix PRO 51mm model.
Thus the newly enhanced map overlays are a welcome boon. I especially check the weather for wind/rain before cycling. My concerns are fourfold 1) I’ve yet to find an accurate weather forecast site (eg YR.no or MET Office or Dark Skies) 2) weather should sync hourly over WiFi, not via Bluetooth 3) These only work on widget maps, not workout maps 4) I’m not yet entirely sure how the on-watch weather forecast image can scroll through time. Part of the improvements to the maps is another overlay which gives shading for elevation during workouts, I’ve used shaded contour maps before, they are generally pretty useful and easy on the eye.
The split screens that jointly show metrics and maps seem like an OK feature, just not for me. The vertically split ones do not look nice and don’t work as I think they should (tap to reveal metrics) however I might use the perimeter metrics and have a few performance metrics showing. I’ve got all that screen real estate so Garmin is giving me a chance to make my usable map smaller!
The new Endurance Score & Activity Impact metric seems to me as a runner/triathlete to be entirely useless. It gives an endurance number as a rating and measure of progress and that number includes non-triathlon sports. Again some concerns here 1) Are there any non-triathlon sports? I certainly wasn’t aware of any 🙂 Seriously tho I rarely do them 2) to have an aerobic/endurance impact in a non-triathlon sport you will need to do it fairly seriously eg a 90-minute soccer game might be equivalent to a 5k or 10k run.
The Enhanced Hill Score metric is definitely going to be useful to some of you but probably not for me. That said if it motivates me to run up some of the hills in nearby Richmond more often then that will be good, the only downer there at the moment is that I tend to run with my dog now and I have two more months of it needing to be on the lead in Richmond Park because of the deer birthing season.
when will they be added?
These are likely for August 2023 and likely on beta in July 2023
- Endurance Score Metric
- Hill Score Metric
- Weather overlays (rain, wind, clouds, temperature on widget map)
- Shaded Relief on maps
- TBC Vertically split map+data screens
- TBC new sports profiles
These are possible for November 2023 and possible for October 2023 beta
- Perimeter maps data metrics
these are unknown
- Redshift light mode
- Recent widgets
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