Everything you need to know about Apple's M7 accelerometer, magnometer, and gyroscope recording motion coprocessor
The Apple M7 motion coprocessor is Robin to the Apple A7's Batman. Watson to its Sherlock. Chewbacca to its Han Solo. You get the idea. It's something that helps take some of the busy work off the hero's back. In other words, it's the sidekick. In this case, it's also a very specific one. On the iPhone 5s it does exactly what its branding implies - it collects and keeps all motion data on the device.
One of the very first apps out of the gate with M7 Motion Coprocessor support was ARGUS, and today it gets another big update which among other things adds support for Bluetooth heart rate monitors and Fitbit data import.
Moves, an activity tracking application for iPhone has been bumped today to version 2.0, bringing with it perhaps most importantly support for the M7 Motion Coprocessor on the iPhone 5s. The benefit here for iPhone 5s owners is that the hardware will now be tracking your activities, and as such should remove battery hogging worries from previous versions. The new battery saving mode also promises in addition an increase of up to 40% in battery life.
Runtime is a new run/walk tracker for iPhone that was completely designed with iOS 7 in mind. You can plot and track your runs so you can perform them again later if you'd like. Runtime also supports the iPhone 5s' M7 motion co-processor to allow you to use Runtime as a general purpose pedometer too.
While a lighter design for the iPad 5 and Retina for the iPad mini 2 are dominating conversation, there are some other new features that could make an appearance in Apple's next-generation tablets, including Touch ID, the fingerprint identify sensor. Of course, Touch ID requires the new Apple A7 chipset and its secure enclave to work, but that's a likely addition anyway, at least to the full-sized iPad. And with the A7 also comes the possibility of the Apple M7 motion-coprocessor. Would that make sense for a tablet? Would any of it? Let's take a look!
Exercise apps are set to go to a new level with Apple's new M7 motion coprocessor in the iPhone 5s, and Strava Run is one of the first out of the gate to do so. The latest update to the app brings not only a swish looking new iOS 7 design, but also support for the M7 that promises better accuracy and better battery consumption on your runs:
Brian Klug of Anandtech talks to Rene about the new Apple A7 64-bit processor, M7 motion coprocessor, and camera in the new iPhone 5s and how it compares to the latest tech from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and more.
I've been asked several times this week whether Apple could or should use the new M7 motion coprocessor chip in the iPhone 5s to lockout features like texting if it detects you're driving. It's an interesting idea but not a particularly workable one, at least not yet.
The Apple M7 motion coprocessor is Robin to the Apple A7's Batman. Watson to its Sherlock. Chewbacca to its Han Solo. You get the idea. It's something that helps take some of the busy work off the hero's back. In other words, it's the sidekick. In this case, it's also a very specific one. On the iPhone 5s it does exactly what its branding implies - it collects and keeps all motion data on the device. Here's how Apple describes it:
Apple has announced the addition of an M7 co-processor at their live iPhone event today. The co-processor technology will assist in continuously measuring motion in a better and smarter way. This will open up the door to much better fitness and apps that deal with motion specifically.