FitBit, the company behind the popular line of activity trackers, have released an update to their iPhone application that will track your activity using an iPhone 5s. One of the big upgrades found in the iPhone 5s was the M7 coprocessor, which can track motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. It can tell if you are walking, running or driving. That data has always been available to apps and now the updated FitBit app uses it in their app to provide to what they call ‘basic Fitbit activity tracking’.
In addition to adding support for using the iPhone 5s as an activity tracker, the FitBit update brings plenty of redesigned features, a welcome addition for those who count on FitBit for their tracking.
- Redesigned Silent Alarms settings. Set, switch, edit, and remove alarms faster than ever.
- Set your own custom water goal.
- Redesigned profile editor.
- Redesigned tracker settings.
- Redesigned sign-up and sign-in.
- Tap on people in Friend Finder to see their profile.
- Swipe on friends on your leaderboard to Cheer, Taunt, or Message.
- Tap on tabs to auto-scroll to the top.
This is a smart move by FitBit. At first glance, it might appear they are sherlocking their own devices. However, most people are serious about fitness tracking are looking for something more durable than an iPhone 5s. FitBit’s activity trackers are built to withstand punishment. This move to support the iPhone 5s should see an influx of curiosity seekers, who might not have previously considered a tracker.
The FitBit app is available as a free download from the App Store.
Are you tracking your activity using FitBit, Nike Fuel or some other device? Are you more likely to give activity tracking a go after today’s release?