RunKeeper Pro free through the end of January

by Justin Horn on Dec 30th, 2010 @ 11:50 am

We love running here at When Will Apple, but I’m sure you already knew that. Chiyin and I got into running about a year and a half ago when we got our iPhone 3GS with built in Nike+iPod support. I tried the RunKeeper Free and the Adidas miCoach apps for a bit during that time, but I decided to stick with Nike+iPod. I’ve recently switched to the Nike+ GPS app and it works great, plus it still syncs with the same Nike+ website I’ve been using for over a year now.

Today RunKeeper announced their Pro version, which was selling well at $9.99, is now free through the end of January:

We know that many of you look at the New Year as a good time to get started with or improve upon your fitness routines. In an effort to encourage more people to get off the couch, and as a show of appreciation to the RunKeeper community for your terrific support for the last two and a half years, we’re making the RunKeeper Pro app free to download now through the end of January!

So if $1.99 price for the Nike+ GPS was enough of an excuse to give up on your New Year’s resolution, now you have no excuse!

Download in iTunes:

RunKeeper Pro [Free]

Nike+ GPS [$1.99]

miCoach [Free]

(via @ejacqui)

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No Nike+ heart rate monitor support in iOS 4.2 beta 1

by Justin Horn on Sep 15th, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

Unfortunately it looks like heart rate monitor support might be on hold till next years iOS 5 release and not in iOS 4.2 as I predicted. There is still about 8 weeks left in the beta cycle, but if a feature like this isn’t in beta 1, it’s probably not going to be a part of iOS 4.2.

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Nike+ GPS app released to app store, hopefully this finds its way into the built in version soon

by Justin Horn on Sep 6th, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

Nike has just released a new iPhone app, Nike+ GPS (iTunes – $1.99). Unlike the built in version (which Apple develops), it doesn’t require any special equipment. Like many apps already on the app store, it uses the GPS and accelerometer to track your speed and route. The app also works with the Nike+ website for tracking all your runs.

The release of this app comes shortly after Adidas released miCoach (iTunes – Free). miCoach works similar to Nike+ GPS app and has the full website integration for keeping track of all your stats.

I’d love to see GPS tracking added to the built in app along with heart rate monitor support.

(via Mashable)

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iOS Nike+ heart rate monitor support most likely an iOS 4.2 addition later this year (Updated)

by Justin Horn on Aug 31st, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

UPDATE iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod confirmed for November

UPDATE 2 As execpted Nike+ HRM support did not appear in iOS 4.1 GM, but there is a strong chance it will be in iOS 4.2.

We reported a couple weeks ago that iOS heart rate monitor (HRM) support was coming this fall. Logically I assumed (or wishful thinking?) this would fit nicely with the final iOS 4.1 release. As of beta 3, released August 3, there was no support, but I was hoping to see it introduced in beta 4. It’s been almost a month since beta 3 was released and with the fall event scheduled for tomorrow, there is basically no chance we’ll see this in iOS 4.1.

If not in iOS 4.1, I thought we might be waiting till iOS 5 for support. Remember there was no iOS 3.2 release last year (not counting the special iPad only version) and this isn’t something you’d see in a small iOS 4.1.1 update. However, I did suggested there was a small chance for an iOS 4.2 release later this year, which could definitely include HRM support.

John Gurber suggest, due to the lack of iOS 4.1 iPad beta, there is a good chance for a 4.2 update later this year:

As for the iPad, no, I don’t think 4.1 is going to be released for it. iOS 4.2, coming late in the calendar year, is a more likely unification release for all iOS devices. Think about it — how can Apple release iOS 4.1 for the iPad next week if they haven’t released a single beta for developers?

This makes sense a lot of sense and backs up my hopes for a possible iOS 4.2 release for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. This update would happen before years end and still fits in with the fall prediction, which covers from early September (labor day) through late December (around the 20th).

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Nike+ heart rate monitor to support iPhone and iPod touch this fall

by Justin Horn on Aug 13th, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

UPDATE Didn’t make it in iOS 4.1, but hoping to see it soon in iOS 4.2 betas, slated for a public release this November

Little birdie just let us know we should see Nike+ heart rate monitor support coming to the iPhone and iPod touch this fall. Currently, it only supports the 5th generation iPod nano and Nike+ SportBand. Many Nike+ users, myself included, were disappointed after waiting (…and waiting) for the rumored feature, only to find out it wasn’t compatible with Apple’s top products. No surprise, there has been no official word from Apple or Nike on when we should expect support.

This time frame lines up nicely with the iOS 4.1 public release, which should happen after the annual fall iPod event in September. iOS 4.1 is the next logical time for inclusion of a new feature, but so far there have been no signs of HRM support in the iOS 4.1 betas. There are at least a couple more betas to go, but if it doesn’t make it into the final release I’m thinking we’ll be out of luck till iOS 5. I just don’t see an update like this, especially with all the Nike+ issues on iOS 4, coming in a small 4.1.1 update. There is a small chance it could be added later in a iOS 4.2 update, although there wasn’t an iOS 3.2 update last year (iOS 3.2 was an iPad only, stop gap measure until iOS 4.1). Hopefully next Tuesday’s beta 4 brings us a Nike+ HRM surprise!

This info is from a reliable source and I believe it to be true, but there is always the chance for delays with any software or hardware release. For example, the HRM hardware was delayed a week from the rumored release date of June 1st. You’ll also remember we were all expecting over the air syncing with iOS 4 when it appeared in the betas, only to disappear before the final release (it’s back and working on iOS 4.1 beta).

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Video: Nike+ over air sync on iOS 4.1 beta

by Justin Horn on Aug 4th, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

UPDATE Confirmed this is still in final iOS 4.1 GM release! No magic disappearing OTA sync this time.

Nike+ over air syncing first appeared in iOS 4.0 beta, but was removed early on in the beta cycle. Even when it was still active, it never was able to send the data to Nike’s servers.  Over air syncing made its triumphant return in first iOS 4.1 beta and has stuck through yesterday’s beta 3. Also, as you can see from the video, on iOS 4.1 beta it actually works.

So the fact that it’s still in beta 3 and the Nike+ servers are now ready to accept the data, there is a strong chance this update will make it into the final iOS 4.1 release.

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