Beachbody On Demand for iOS: Version 2.5

Beachbody On Demand for iOS: Version 2.5

What’s New for Version 2.5

Wherever You Go, There Your Downloads Are

We are proud to announce Beachbody On Demand version 2.5 for our iOS and tvOS apps — which you can find in the App Store. We’ve been hard at work to make our hallmark Offline feature more stable and easier to use. In this post we’ll talk you through the changes we’ve made to improve one of your favorite features.

What’s new for Version 2.5

New Design

We’ve redesigned the Download Library Page to organize your downloads by program and workout group. This will make finding and playing a saved workout faster and easier. Managing your downloads is easier too, as you can now remove saved workouts for an entire program or individually.

No Download Limits

We’re really excited to announce that you can now save as many workouts as your device’s storage will allow — just make sure your device has at least 1 GB of available space before starting a download.

No Time Limits on Saved Downloads

The other thing we’re excited to announce is we’ve lifted the 14-day limit. This means saved workouts will stay put in your Download Library as long as you’re a paid BOD member.

New Offline Experience

Launching the app in offline mode will automatically take you to your downloads. This shortcut gets you to your saved videos faster whenever you’re ready to workout. Additionally, other app features are now much better at telling you they aren’t available because they can’t access the internet.

30 Days of Offline Use

One of the major complaints we’ve heard is that you can’t use your saved workouts because the app won’t let you log in. We’ve taken steps to fix this and now allow you to launch and use the app in ‘Airplane Mode’ for up to 30 days.

Improved Download Experience

We’ve taken steps to clean up the download experience whenever you’re on a Program Details page. Whether it’s cancelling a download in progress or just scrolling through the video list, you may notice a couple of small tweaks to make the overall experience less cluttered and easier to use — including a new badge counter to let you know how many saved-but-unplayed workouts are on your device.

Better Messaging and Alerts

With version 2.5, we’ve replaced the unfriendly orange bar alerts with designs that are more approachable and actionable. These alerts are easier to read and their quick-action abilities no longer require you to go hunting through the Settings page before starting your first download.

What’s Next for Version 2.6: Apple Watch

We know Apple Watch connectivity is an issue for some of our members. Apple Watch is a fairly new technology and we’ve worked closely with Apple to make the experience better. We are already starting this work, so you should expect some improvements in our next major release. Here’s a sneak peek:

We’ll see you in the next release!

Version 2.4.1

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try Persistent Login

On the heels of our 2.4 release, we are happy to present the latest update to our Beachbody on Demand app for iOS and tvOS: Version 2.4.1 — downloadable here on the App Store.

Persistent Login

We’ve made a number of updates to our login process that are designed to keep you logged in to the app. Now, you should only be logged out if your subscription lapses or your email/password combination doesn’t match. Read below for more details on this release.

“Remember Me” Functionality

We added a checkbox on the sign in screen so that in the off chance you are logged out of the app, you only need to enter your password to get back into the app. To enable the feature, simply check the box when you first sign in to the app.

Simplified the account authorization process

We’ve condensed the amount of back-and-forth between the app and our servers to provide faster login performance every time you launch the app.

Improved the re-login rules

We updated the underlying logic that determines whether the app lets you back in after your initial session. Before, there were a lot of things that needed to go right in order to successfully re-login to the app. Now only a few explicit scenarios will automatically log you out. And if the app isn’t quite sure what to do, it’s been instructed to err on the side of letting you in and relying on a series of fallbacks before logging you out.

Fixed a phantom “48-hour” bug

We found and fixed a bug that had been hiding for a number of versions that was logging users out and preventing downloads from playing when they 1) had not used the app for more than 48 hours 2) happened to force close the app during that 48-hour window AND 3) relaunched the app without an internet connection.

What we’re working on for Version 2.5:

Offline Feature Improvements

With Persistent Login complete, we’ve laid the critical foundation for our most valuable updates to the Offline feature. We’re excited to unveil these changes in Version 2.5.

What about Apple Watch?

We know Apple Watch connectivity is an issue for some of our members. Apple Watch is a fairly new technology and we are working closely with Apple to make the experience better. We will keep you updated as we work to make improvements to the infrastructure and experience. Our plan is to first focus on the underlying technology and then improve the Apple Watch integration in a later update.

Today we are proud to announce the latest update to our Beachbody On Demand app (BOD 2.4) for iOS & tvOS — which you can find on the App Store. In this post we’ll talk you through some of the updates we’ve made and what we’ll be working on next. 

Version 2.4

Workout History

Good news Apple Watch and Wahoo TICKR X users: we’ve fixed the bug that’s causing workouts to disappear from your Workout History. Going forward, all workouts performed with these heart rate monitors will be safely stored and visible in your Workout History. Also, you’ll be able to start seeing workouts performed with the TICKR X on Apple TV in your iOS Workout History.

Some Login Issues

We’ve had a number of complaints from people being logged out of the app every time they open it. This can happen when the apps get a little impatient waiting for your account to be verified. We’ve put in a fix that prevents you from getting logged out during longer-than-usual account verifications. We know this fix doesn’t address all the possible login issues, so we’ll be addressing those in our next release.

Watch-to-Phone Communication

We’ve done some housekeeping to simplify how the Apple Watch interacts with the iPhone. This is to help lay the foundation for more major Apple Watch fixes in a forthcoming update.

3D Touch Program Preview Cards

You can now 3D Touch program box art to preview a program’s key information right from the home page — including Intensity, Program Length, and Average Workout Duration. It’s a fun and easy way to explore programs when you’re looking for something new.

What we’re working on for our next update in Version 2.5:

Offline Feature Improvements

We are going to be making some significant upgrades to the performance, stability, and design of our Offline feature. This will include several under-the-hood improvements and a new look-and-feel.

Persistent Login

How we handle user login within the app will be a major cornerstone of the Offline feature improvements. These improvements will enable you to use the app in airplane mode for longer periods of time. Additionally, we anticipate this work will also address many of the other login issues left over from Version 2.4.

What about Apple Watch?

We know Apple Watch connectivity is an issue for some of our members. Apple Watch is a fairly new technology and we are working closely with Apple to make the experience better. We will keep you updated as we work to make improvements to the infrastructure and experience. Our plan is to first focus on the underlying technology and then improve the Apple Watch integration in a later update.