Multiple motion tracking apps = additional battery drain?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by m021478, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. m021478 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    I used to just use the to record the number of steps I've taken daily, but motion tracking now seems to be a built-in feature of dozens of apps on my phone and things have now gotten more complicated.

    I am using the new iPhone 6 Plus running 8.0.2, and I know that the new counts my steps. What I would like to know is whether or not it affects the battery life of my phone to have other apps (in addition to keeping track of the number of steps I've taken.

    Assuming I have motion activity tracking switched on in the, will also enabling this feature in,,,, etc. further drain the battery of my phone? Or is it the kind of thing where all apps reference the same motion tracking data?

  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Nope. The iPhone 6 tracks your steps even if you've never downloaded a health app. It's just something the dedicated M8 chip does all the time. All the apps do is tap into the information that's already going to be there.

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