Nike+ Running now integrates with iOS 8 Health, adds elevation tracking and more

Nike Running 4.6 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Apple CEO Tim Cook has had a seat on the Nike board for quite some time now and the sports equipment giant was first out of the gate with an app that showcased the iPhone 5s’s low-powered M7 motion coprocessor. But despite close Apple ties, Nike’s been suspiciously mum regarding integrating its many iOS apps with iOS 8’s Health database.

That changed Tuesday as a new version of Nike+ Running got released with support for NikeFuel data sync with iOS 8’s Health application. The refreshed app brings out a few other nice-to-haves, such as tracking your elevation on latest devices and more.

Nike’s other iOS apps will hopefully pick up Health integration in due time. Nike+ Running is a free download in the App Store.

Note that elevation tracking requires Apple’s improved M8 motion coprocessor found inside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

Nike+ Running 4.6 changelog:

  • Get more from your run: Expanded features including an updated home screen experience, adding support for elevation tracking, Apple Health integration and enhanced heart rate monitor support for devices like Wahoo’s Tickr products.
  • Design enhancements: Starting your run is easier than ever with the new quick start feature. Simply press and hold the “Begin Run” button and you’ll be off in 3, 2, 1! While you are in run, you can also swipe in either direction to control music, view your running stats, and your live map.
  • Elevation tracking: Nike+ Running is now optimized for elevation tracking for iPhone 6 devices. Accuracy may be variable for iPhone 5s and earlier devices
  • Apple Health: By accessing your Apple Health data, Nike+ can give you even more detailed information about your run, including heart rate monitor support in-run when using a Bluetooth 4.0 enabled device like Wahoo’s Tickr products.

The 46.2-megabyte app requires an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 7.0 or later.

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