As expected, Apple has upgraded the M7 motion coprocessor to a new M8 motion coprocessor for the iPhone 6. This coprocessor, which exists separately from the new A8 CPU, allows the iPhone to track movements via continuous measurements from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass.

With the iPhone 6, the motion coprocessor’s abilities have been supercharged. With the M8 the iPhone 6 can tell the difference between cycling and running. It can also calculate elevation, thanks to a new barometric sensor, and it can track distances travelled as well.


Nike is already working on a new Nike+ app, which will take advantage of the barometric sensor to track elevation. Of course, you should also expect the Health app in iOS 8 to rely heavily on the new M8 motion coprocessor as well.

Are you excited about the new motion tracking upgrades in the iPhone 6? Sound off down below with your thoughts.

  • highNiggaPie

    iDB always holding shit down during an apple event that’s why I fuckss wit yall

    • Cameron Nelms


  • Devam

    Does the stream work for you, Jeff?

  • Salman Ahmad

    If I am not wrong the Snapdragon 800 processors could already do a lot of this stuff. But still the M8 coprocessor is impressive.

    • Kurt

      Yup, been able to track going up and down with my Note 3. No IR blaster, no thermometer, no split screen, no 4K. It’s almost as good as my year old phone.

      • Rowan09

        IR blaster when they don’t make TVs?

      • Kurt

        IR blaster works on tVs, cable boxes, stereos, even AC units, heaters. Any brand, not just Samsung devices. So awesome.

      • sosarozay300

        apple doesnt have any device you can control with iR so they dont put that on the iphone, i wish they did though

  • Kanzler

    i hope there will be a jb tweak to deactivate this nonsense

    • Deactivate what “nonesense”?

      • Kanzler

        these tracking things. i dont need tools to count my walked distance. and behind your back its going to upload these data to various pages to get a better view of you.

  • jocastro

    i hope there is a jailbreak that will call this garbage boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! come one apple…….. something newwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww please

  • FuzeDesign

    u wot m8?

  • Taf Khan

    I would imagine the 6+ comes with a higher clock speed..

  • j. hobson

    Does Apple make the M8?

  • Tom

    Galaxy s5 has heartbeat sensor that beats apple apple is such a rip off

    • Lance Baker

      And I had an app that did it on my iPhone before the Galaxy S5.

    • ClaudieX X

      i did that with my iphone 4 !!! so shut up and stop talking about one of the biggest fails of Samesung…

  • Warren L Shafor

    I hope that someone will jump on the idea of having a Moon phase & tide chart function. This would be ideal market for anglers!

    • QuarterSwede

      The Apple Watch has moon phases on at least one face.

  • Is there yet a list of iOS 8 feature compatibilty per device? I wanna see what iOS 8 features my now-obsolete iPhone 5s doesn’t support