iPhone 6 M8, can it distinguish steps and cycling?

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  1. Imory macrumors 6502a

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    Here's the issue.

    I'v been using the Health app for a while to track the amount of steps, flights climbed and total distance I've gone by simply relying on the accelerometer and barometer. Yesterday I used my bike and noticed a pretty unusual spike (regularly open the health app to check progress) and noticed 19 flights climbed and 5000 steps from simply cycling 10 min. I'm guessing this is a mistake made by the iPhone/Health app not being able to differentiate cycling and walking, which I thought it could. Has anyone else encountered this issue?

    Tracking steps has usually been fairly accurate, but it seems that the iPhone/Health app can't recognise the difference between cycling and regular walking/running. I remember Phil Schiller mentioning that the iPhone 6 would have the ability to distinguish between the two, but it doesn't seem like it, unless my phone is broken.


    http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/9/61...p-can-tell-the-difference-between-cycling-and

    "Apple senior VP Phil Schiller today announced that both the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will sport a new M8 motion processor with barometer included. The processor is designed with fitness in mind, as Schiller boasted it can tell when you're either running or cycling."
     
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  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    I do not see how the phone would recognize that you were on a bike. I can see how it could interpret some of your peddling as climbing stairs. The phone is somewhat stupid and would not know the difference.
     
  4. Imory thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You're right. The only reason I expected it to be different was the quote from Schiller.
     
  5. Zorba macrumors regular

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    It cannot distinguish steps from cycling, and if you put your phone in the pocket of your pants it will actually count your cadence and display it as steps taken. And of course if you climb x feet during cycling it will also say you've climbed x stairs.
    However if you put your phone in your backpack for example, it will not count your steps (as the phone itself is not moving up/downwards) but still the stairs climbed because of the barometer.
     
  6. Imory thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It actually does count steps when I put it in my backpack. Anyway, it seems like the iPhone 6 can't distinguish steps from cycling.
     
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Not a doubt that it counts when in a backpack. Also counts when on my boat. No intelligence here, just movement.
     

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