We’ve previously written about how Apple’s new iPhone 5S, with a new and powerful M7 coprocessor, will change the way that fitness apps are designed and operate, focusing particularly on the Nike + Move app featured in the device’s reveal.
But now we’ve had news of the first app that will be released that properly utilises this functionality, courtesy of Strava.
The app, unsurprisingly entitled Strava Run, is similar to many other fitness running apps, as it allows you to track your distance, speed and numerous other variables of your run. What makes it unique for now, however, is the fact that it pulls data from the M7 in addition to GPS.
The company notes in its latest release that, “We’ve taken advantage of the M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5S to make some big improvements for runners:
• Auto-pause: Get better accuracy in your pace and feedback. Your run will now automatically be paused when you stop moving.
• Run longer: Reduced battery consumption means you can spend more time on the roads and trails.”
The M7 chip is a companion chip to the A7 found in the iPhone 5S, allowing much of the motion data work from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to be offloaded from the latter to the M7, resulting in better battery performance. It’s also much better adapted to measuring types of movement, such as whether you are walking, running, on a bicycle or in a car.
Strava Run is available to download for free now on the iTunes Store.