App that uses the M7 chip

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by mustu, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. mustu macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2011
    Hi can you guys point out to the best app that would use the M7 chip.... there was one but it used to drain the battery very very fast.

  2. sk1wbw Suspended


    May 28, 2011
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    An app called WeatherRun does, and I think the new Strava update does too.
  3. darkfiber macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Columbus, OH USA
    I don't know about the "best" app, but I just installed ARGUS which is a health/fitness app that tracks things like how far you have walked, calories, weight etc...

    What was interesting is that the M7 processor must be constantly tracking and logging information even when you aren't using it with a specific app. For example, I just installed ARGUS today and it filled in all the steps I have taken each day since I got my iPhone 5s back on Sept 25th.
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
  5. Oliverpool macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2010
    Did anyone notice that the m7 still continues to count step even while you are driving?

    I checked the number of steps when I enter the car and after I stop. It always shows another few hundred steps more. So it seems like the m7 is not that accurate?

    Also I noticed that the timing of the steps in augas shows activity at times when I was still asleep! As it stands the timing and number of steps logged by the m7 seems very suspect to me.
  6. nheilweil macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Redmond, WA
    I was enjoying the Argus app but I noticed in my Argus settings today that the M7 option was off (surprised me) so I turned it on.

    I then noticed that I no longer had the icon badge showing my steps. It turns out that Argus doesn't support step count badge updating if you use the M7 option!

    I downloaded the Pedometer++ app (perhaps the crappiest app I've ever seen) but it does allow the badge to show your step count.

    So maybe Argus will get an update which gets this working.

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  7. cschmelz macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
    Well I think this was a conscious decision by the developer. They chose (ARGUS did) to focus on ultra-low power consumption by allowing their app to be completely suspended in the background when using the M7. Perhaps in the future they will chose to support some middle of the road setup, but it actually makes a lot of sense for them to suspend the app in the background and save power over updating a live step count that doesn't really add much value.
  8. j-a-x macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2005
    Houston, Texas
    My app, StepTracker uses the M7! And it might not be the fanciest app but sometimes simplicity is better. And I'm the kind of developer who will talk to you and try to implement new features if you give me requests, so download it if you like and feel free to contact me if you have any requests.

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