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Old Nov 7, 2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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RunKeeper for iOS Gains M7 'Pocket Track', AirDrop Friend Request and Workout Sharing




Popular fitness tracking app Runkeeper has been updated today with several new features taking advantage of some of the software and hardware improvements released by Apple with iOS 7 and the iPhone 5s.

As with several other fitness apps such as Nike+ Move, RunKeeper is now able to tap into the M7 motion coprocessor included on the iPhone 5s. The M7 automatically tracks movement in the background, and RunKeeper can use that data to add certain activity sessions to your workout list retroactively.
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If you've ever been walking around a lot and wished you had tracked it with RunKeeper, regret no more! Our new Pocket Track feature tracks walks of at least 15 minutes automatically and gives you the option to add those to your activity list. Just be sure to opt in to background activity tracking when you install this update, and also open up RunKeeper at the end of each day so you can find those walks that were tracked.
The new version of RunKeeper also includes support for the AirDrop feature of iOS 7, allowing users to easily transfer friend requests and workout information to other RunKeeper users.
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That means if you see someone at a race using RunKeeper and you want to keep tabs on their activity in the future, you can AirDrop them a RunKeeper friend request!

Or say you're out with some running buddies and want to follow the same workout routine you've created in RunKeeper. Just select an existing workout or create a new one from the start screen, and hit Share with AirDrop once you're in the workout. Now you and your friends can follow the same interval plan, but at your own pace!
RunKeeper is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Old Nov 7, 2013, 09:26 AM   #2
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Good. Contrary to Nike+Move, this one is actually available outside US.
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 09:42 AM   #3
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I've been looking for a new running app. I've got Garmin Fit (free from Starbucks a few years back) and it works, but it's very basic and development seems to have stopped (doesn't even have 4" display support).

I've got a 5C so M7 support is meaningless to me, but I'll definitely be checking out RunKeeper.
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 09:44 AM   #4
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Huge fan of Runkeeper, use it almost daily. If this works as advertised, and doesn't decrease battery life like it claims, this is a very cool feature to have. I'll get a ton of use out of it.
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 11:36 AM   #5
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Great, this is the best app in this business!
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 02:48 PM   #6
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Best but premium is a bit pricey

If you're searching for a nice and simple pedometer, try Steps++: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id729313021

I'm using it for a couple of days now and I'm extremely happy with it.
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 03:43 PM   #7
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If you're searching for a nice and simple pedometer, try Steps++: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id729313021

I'm using it for a couple of days now and I'm extremely happy with it.
Notice any battery drain?
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 04:05 PM   #8
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Funny...

…they can release M7 support in a few weeks, but after a couple YEARS they still can't manage to give it adjustable heart rate zones.

Totally useless app if you use a heart rate monitor. Totally.
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 04:16 PM   #9
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Notice any battery drain?
Nope, uses the M7 motion co-processor to calculate your steps.
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 04:24 PM   #10
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Awesome app and it just got better!

This app was already amazing and it just got a whole lot better!
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…they can release M7 support in a few weeks, but after a couple YEARS they still can't manage to give it adjustable heart rate zones.

Totally useless app if you use a heart rate monitor. Totally.
Welp, we may as well close this thread. Seems the app is totally useless. Nerts, I was going to try it.
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Old Nov 9, 2013, 11:44 AM   #13
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Too bad...

RunKeeper is a great app, but the M7 motion tracking support simply doesn't work. Plenty of people have complained in the app comments on the iTunes store. Pocket Track is enabled, the app is allowed access to motion tracking in the iOS settings, and even background app refresh is on. Still, RunKeeper can't see all my motion activity that all the other apps can see. I tried rebooting the phone, uninstalling and reinstalling RunKeeper, etc.

To those who have asked about battery drain... the M7 motion co-processor in iPhone 5s is extremely optimized for power usage. It is ALWAYS on. When you allow an app like RunKeeper to access it, it does not use ANY additional battery power. And, that app should be able to access your motion history even before the app was installed. It's amazingly cool...when the apps can make it work.

For what it's worth, the battery life in my 5S is excellent, significantly better than the 5. And battery life in my 5, with iOS 7, is improved as well.
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 06:43 PM   #14
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Welp, we may as well close this thread. Seems the app is totally useless. Nerts, I was going to try it.
So, do you use a heart rate monitor? And if not, do you have this much difficulty with reading comprehension in the rest of your life, or just here?
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