updated 06:11 am EST, Thu November 14, 2013
Moves updated to version 2, now supports M7 motion coprocessor
Protogeo has updated its popular Moves app for iOS to version 2.0. The update brings with it more contemporary, flatter design look, while functionally it adds support for the M7 motion coprocessor found in Apple's 64-bit A7 chips. While the M7 chip is designed to use substantially less power to run fitness apps in the background, ProtoGeo says that iOS devices running iOS 7 can also enjoy general power savings of up to 40 percent when running the version 2.0 of the app.
The original version of Moves was free, however, the new version is currently priced at $1.99 until the end of November, when it will increase to $2.00. Owners of this version are able to upgrade at no additional charge. We recently took a look a closer look at the M7 motion coprocessor in the iPhone 5s, highlighting the way it has enabled a new class of fitness and health tracking apps, effectively allowing the iPhone 5s to do double-duty as a fitness tracker with a minimal hit to battery life.
The new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display both utilize the A7 chipset, which also includes the M7 motion coprocessor. While it is much less likely that either device will be used as a fitness tracker in the same way that an iPhone can, it still serves a power saving function in both of the tablets. For example, each iPad will conserve power if its senses that it has not being utilizes for an extended period, while when called on for motion tracking information or GPS functionality, it will also function to reduce the drain on the main CPU.