The list of apps enabled for Apple’s power-efficient motion tracking chip, the M7, just keeps on growing. Fitbit, one of the finest fitness apps in the App Store, has been bumped up to version 2.1, now available in the App Store, and can now use the iPhone 5s’s motion tracking chip to monitor your activity without draining your device’s battery or having the app active for that matter.
M7 support has also made possible a new MobileTrack feature that allows you to use some of Fitbit’s tracking features, but without buying the company’s wearable tracking accessories. More on that and other changes in this Fitbit update right below…
According to one of Fitbit’s developers on Twitter, to achieve this they simply pair the iPhone 5s’s M7 silicon to your Fitbit account instead of a hardware tracker.
Nevertheless, should you require Fitbit’s more advanced tracking features which go beyond the M7’s basic motion tracking capability, you’ll still need to consider buying one of Fitbit’s watches.
They’ve revamped your tracker settings, profile editor as well as sign-in/sign-up screens.
The full list of changes in Fitbit version 2.1:
- the Fitbit app now features MobileTrack which offers basic Fitbit activity tracking directly using your iPhone 5s
- 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
iPhone 5s owners should check out Fitbit, it’s free in the App Store.