Apple Watch Nike+ / Nike+RunClub app / Indoor Run

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  1. ftaok macrumors 603

    ftaok

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    OK, I haven't had a chance to test the indoor run feature of the NRC app with an Apple Watch, so I wanted to make sure my settings were correct. During my google search, I come across the Nike site with a support page. The information implies that if you are using the Apple Watch on an indoor run, the app will use the iPhones accelerometer to determine pace.

    WTF?!?!?!?!?!

    The Apple Watch has an accelerometer, why not use it instead of the phone's? I just want to keep my phone in my pocket and not have to carry it in my hand.

    Here's a screen shot and link of the support page.

    http://support-en-us.nikeplus.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/36324/p/3169,3575

    I'm wondering if anyone has used the NRC app on an Apple Watch without the iphone present (Airplane mode) so that it's not connected to the watch. Will that work. Perhaps if i left it at home.

    Thanks!
     

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  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    This may just be an older generic statement made before the S2 (not updated) and applicable to the S0 (and S1 too).
     
  3. ftaok thread starter macrumors 603

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    I hope so, but the Series 0 has an accelerometer in it too.
     
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I believe this passage was copy and pasted from the section relating to nrc app for phones. Your watch will never be in your pocket or in an armband, yet it advises you not to carry it in pocket/armband.
     
  5. lint2015 macrumors member

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    The support document probably wasn't updated for the new NRC app that was released just before the Nike+ Watch came out. Why not try the app and see?
     
  6. ftaok thread starter macrumors 603

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    I was hoping that someone had already tried it and knew the answer. My indoor run won't be until Saturday, so I figure I throw this out there.
     
  7. Qu3st macrumors member

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    will go for my first run with the apple watch tomorrow. will let u know
     
  8. ftaok thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thanks!
     
  9. ser968 macrumors member

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    I have done a few run/walks on a treadmill with the Watch only using the NRC app - when wearing the watch on my left wrist, it was extremely accurate to the treadmill mileage, but when I switched to my right wrist, it was way off - not sure why.

    I would love to be able to calibrate the pedometer (perhaps by adjusting the runs like we were able to do in the old Nike+iPod app) to improve the accuracy, but I haven't figured out how.
     
  10. ftaok thread starter macrumors 603

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    So are you saying that the NRC app does not give you an option to adjust the miles after you run. That stinks. I run in an indoor track at least once a week and with my iPod, I would adjust the mileage at the end. This is with using the footpod, which has been shown to be more accurate than wrist based pedometers.

    Maybe I'll keep wearing my ipod/footpod on those runs, just in case.
     
  11. igrover macrumors regular

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    I was really hoping that the AW 2 would support a bluetooth footpod as the built in accelerometer is not very accurate for measuring distance. Adidas has a bluetooth footpod that is the cousin to the Garmin ANT footpod but no one has figured out a way to sync it to the watch.

    Missed opportunity for Apple here.
     
  12. ser968 macrumors member

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    Correct - I have not figured out a way to adjust mileage on runs on the Apple Watch itself. This can however be accomplished in the NRC app on an iPhone. I was hoping for a single solution, but it turns out that using the apple watch for indoor running is no better than the iPod + Nike dongle. :eek:(
     
  13. ftaok thread starter macrumors 603

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    OK, this might be acceptable to me, but I'll have to see how the workflow is before I decide.
    Yeah, I was holding out hope that somehow the nike apple watch would be able to read the footpod that I already have and the Nike+/Polar heart rate strap.

    I think I'll use both my ipod/nike and the apple watch the next time i run indoors just to check each other. I'm interested in seeing how accurate the heart rate sensor on the apple watch is in comparison to the strap. I did an outdoor run the other day and the HR flattened at 176 for about 5 minutes. Seemed like an error of some sort as I never get a flat top on my HR charts.
     

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