RunKeeper for iOS adds M7 support on iPhone 5S; tracks activity in the background

RunKeeper updated its iOS app with support for the M7 chip found in Apple’s iPhone 5S. For those who don’t know about Apple’s new M7 chip, allow me to explain. The M7 chip inside of the new flagship iPhone is known as a “motion co-processor” that helps take pressure off the A7 processor. Now fitness buffs will have the ability to automatically track periods of activity lasting longer than 15 minutes; they call it Pocket Track.

In addition to the automatic tracking, the M7 will also let the app track the number of steps per minute users are taking during a given run, surfacing the data with a new cadence chart. This new feature brings a special kind of added detail for folks who are super anal attentive to their workout regimen.

Unfortunately, this feature is limited to the 5S only thanks to the M7 support. However owners of older generation iPhones get to use the new AirDrop feature within the latest update. Furthermore, Users will be able to use the protocol for friend requests when they’re near other RunKeeper enthusiasts, and it will also be an option when sharing workout routines.

So all isn’t bad if you don’t have the 5S. RunKeeper is just one of many who will use the new processing power of the newest flagship iPhone. It’s going to be fun to see what other developers do with this power in improving their apps. Ultimately this should help conserve battery power on your device.

[engadget; via App Store]


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