September 7, 2010
Nike released their official run tracking app yesterday. The Nike+ GPS iPhone app breaks a long tradition of teaming directly with Apple to provide a user interface for the jointly created Nike + iPod system. The new, standalone app uses the iDevice's built in accelerometer and the iPhone's GPS to measure distance and other workout factors. Previously, users had to have a compatible iDevice and purchase the Nike + iPod Sensor to install into compatible Nike+ Ready shoes. Nike+ GPS provides a number of advantages over the integrated solution. No need to purchase additional hardware or have special shoes. This makes the app such an incredible savings already. The new app also offers expanded voice feedback ( including motivational messages from Nike’s top athletes ), mapping abilities, and a new challenge system that pushes you to go farther and otherwise improve from your previous run. The other big advantage for Nike is that they don't need to wait for Apple to implement new features or fixes, and wait for those possible changes to happen in the next iOS release. And don't worry, Nike+ GPS still furnishes music playback integration, PowerSong, and run history. Nike+ GPS is available in the App Store now for $1.99.