iPad mini with M8 and steps

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  1. tanel macrumors newbie

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    I received my new iPad mini 4 today and it seems that I cannot get the steps data.I have tried one pedometer app and Day One. Pedometer app gives step count zero and Day One tells me that I need an device with motion sensor.

    Is that behaviour expected or is there something wrong with my iPad? I am running the latest public beta. Could that cause this problems?
     
  2. Armen macrumors 604

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    I may be wrong but I don't think the iPad ever counted steps.
     
  3. hamiltonDSi macrumors 65816

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    It's disabled on iPads.
    This is onne of the reasons why the Health app is missing.
     
  4. iOSUser7 macrumors 6502a

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    It's good to know. Maybe do you know why they bother to put it then ?
     
  5. lagwagon Suspended

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    Bothered to put what in? The M8 coprocessor?
     
  6. iOSUser7 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I mean we know Apple is all about cost cutting so I'm wondering why would they put the M8 if it's disabled in the iPads.
     
  7. ps3zocker macrumors regular

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    It's not just for counting steps.

    When you’re in motion, the new M8 motion coprocessor continuously measures data from the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and a new barometer. This offloads work from the A8 chip for improved power efficiency. The motion coprocessor also continuously calibrates all five sensors, so when you want to play a game or use the Maps app, iPad mini 4 is ready and able.​
    http://www.apple.com/ipad-mini-4/performance/
     
  8. WordMasterRice macrumors 6502a

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    It would cost far more to have 2 SKU's of the A8 with and without the coprocessor than it does to just disable it.
     
  9. stooovie macrumors 6502a

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    They are probably counting on people who buy iPads also Gavin iPhones for that sort of thing. A bit douchy probably.
     
  10. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    I dont think many people carry an iPad mini with them to count steps...
     
  11. lagwagon Suspended

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    They can't just take out the M8 chip, it's part of the A8 SoC. Just like the M9 coprocessor in the A9X on the iPad Pro can't do the same "always on" Hey Siri as the iPhone.
     

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