iPod touch 6 for running: is the M8 useful?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by 0003462, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. 0003462 Suspended

    Dec 17, 2013

    I've never had an iPhone with an M processor. I'm wondering what they do, in terms of Health. Keep it in your pocket and it'll accurately track steps? Does it make running distances more accurate too?

    I'm considering using the new iPod touch as a replacement for my 4s. Will the M8 make tracking running distances more accurate than the 5th gen iPod touch? I had the 5th gen for a while but I wasn't happy with the inaccuracy for running distances.

  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    The m8 tracks movement etc in the background to take the load off the cpu. By design it's low powered and specifically designed for this task. Tho without realtime gps it's going to have trouble tacking you fully but it'll do a better job that previous generations.

    That said tho if you run in built up areas it can use wifi to get locational information.
  3. EmaDaCuz macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2012
    I have the same question... but I think you need GPS capabilities to track you runs properly, especially if you exercise in the middle of nowhere and you can't rely on Wi-Fi-based location services.
    I tried to run this morning with my iPhone 5c, on a known distance, just outside town, with just Wi-Fi location enabaled... tracking was off by approximately 15%.
    The M8 should help a bit, if I remember correctly it can "read" your stride and give you a more accurate tracking. Still, I doubt it can fully replace GPS.

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