Popular fitness tracking app Runkeeper has been updated today with several new features taking advantage of some of the software and hardware improvements released by Apple with iOS 7 and the iPhone 5s.
As with several other fitness apps such as Nike+ Move, RunKeeper is now able to tap into the M7 motion coprocessor included on the iPhone 5s. The M7 automatically tracks movement in the background, and RunKeeper can use that data to add certain activity sessions to your workout list retroactively.
If you’ve ever been walking around a lot and wished you had tracked it with RunKeeper, regret no more! Our new Pocket Track feature tracks walks of at least 15 minutes automatically and gives you the option to add those to your activity list. Just be sure to opt in to background activity tracking when you install this update, and also open up RunKeeper at the end of each day so you can find those walks that were tracked.
The new version of RunKeeper also includes support for the AirDrop feature of iOS 7, allowing users to easily transfer friend requests and workout information to other RunKeeper users.
That means if you see someone at a race using RunKeeper and you want to keep tabs on their activity in the future, you can AirDrop them a RunKeeper friend request!
Or say you’re out with some running buddies and want to follow the same workout routine you’ve created in RunKeeper. Just select an existing workout or create a new one from the start screen, and hit Share with AirDrop once you’re in the workout. Now you and your friends can follow the same interval plan, but at your own pace!