Nike+ Only Built-in on 2nd Gen iPod Touch. iPhone Owners Clearly Lazy

Gizmodo confirms what we feared during our meta-live-blog -- the bits that receive the information from the shoe-insert are built-into the 2nd Generation iPod Touch and not any other Apple device. That's not surprising -- hardware is as hardware does.

That's not the real bad news, though. The real bad news is that the 'dongle' that iPod users have been able to use for those transmissions in the past continues to be incompatible with the iPhone and the 1st Gen iPod Touch and that's not a situation that's likely to change.

So if you're looking to track your run without buying new gear, it looks like you'll be doing it the old fashioned way.

Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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MPKU says:

Maybe we will see it in the 3rd generation iPhone.

NeilM says:

I hope that Gizmodo pic is a fake, since the symbols shown in the time number are not those of minutes and seconds. They are quote marks (or an apostrophe for the first one). It's not like Apple to emply bad typography.

NeilM says:

Or rather to "employ" bad typography. ;-)
(Hey, typing isn't my skill.)

TylerDCA says:

Forget being able to record nike+ date (while running), just give me an iPhone app that lets me view the NikePlus.com site! Damn flash site, damn lack of flash support, damn lack of Nike+ app for the iPhone!

jasonact says:

This makes absolutely no sense. What possible reason could exist to implement this for iPod Touch but not the iPhone?
BTW, what wireless protocol does the Nike+ system use? Is it Bluetooth? If so, I would think a simple software update to "flip the switch" is all that would be necessary to allow iPhones this capability.

2xs says:

i am not familiar with Nike+ but what does it, you cannot do with builtin GPS and apps like iTrail ?

Hmm says:

Those numbers don't represent the TIME, They represent DISTANCE. Hence the symbols for Feet and Meters. I believe they are showing the display for the Nike App. as this is clearly what the write up is about.

hebchop says:

This is ridiculous!! Nike+ is my most favorite piece of technology EVER. I was so excited to be able to add GPS to my run data, pretty bummed to find out that it wont work on my phone. You screwed that one up Nike/Apple.
In theory you should be able to do build a similar system w/out chips. Speed and distance could be calculated by GPS.

j.z. says:

sorry to interupt the talk about this article but i really need to know how to set up an itunes account, use it, and everything in-between. i REALLY need help!!!!!! if you need to email me you can catch me at james.zotz@gmail.com thank you for your time and help