Built In Step Tracker?

The JTizzle

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Jun 14, 2009
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Just watched The Verge review of iOS and the guy mentioned there was a built in step tracker in iOS 8. Was he wrong or am I just not seeing it?
 

ScubaCinci

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Jul 11, 2008
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It's the health app. I think you need a 5S or newer to take advantage of it but I could be wrong on that. If so, someone will be along to correct me soon :D
 

Woochifer

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Apr 22, 2007
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The M7 and M8 chips collect the step data by default and store it for about a week before purging. You just need an app to collect and display that data. With iOS 7, there were already several step tracking apps that pull the data from the M7/M8 chip, and iOS 8 simply adds a built-in step tracker with the new Health function.

Older iPhones could also track step counts using GPS, with several apps still available. The M7 and M8 are discrete motion tracking chips that allow you to track steps with less battery drain.
 

Julien

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Jun 30, 2007
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The M7 and M8 chips collect the step data by default and store it for about a week before purging. You just need an app to collect and display that data. With iOS 7, there were already several step tracking apps that pull the data from the M7/M8 chip, and iOS 8 simply adds a built-in step tracker with the new Health function....
Have you looked at your iPhone?:eek:

 

Woochifer

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Apr 22, 2007
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Have you looked at your iPhone?:eek:
Yep. Haven't dug too far into the Health app, since much of the functionality won't go active until Apple fixes HealthKit.

I've been using the M7 Pedometer Steps app for about a year, and will stick with it for the time being simply because it's more readable without having to squint my eyes while I'm on the move. Plus, it already has a year of step data stored.
 
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