December 28, 2013
The popular sleeping aid and alarm clock app Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock has just been updated with a couple of new major features along with several notable improvements. First off, there's Sleep Cycle's newly added support for the M7 motion coprocessor. Compatible with iPhone 5s, this automatically measures your daily physical activity and determines how it affects your sleep quality. The other major feature introduced by the latest update to Sleep Cycle is an integrated heart rate monitor. Available on devices running iOS 6.0 or later, this measures your resting heart rate when you wake up by using your device's camera and flash to analyze the color changes on the tip of your finger. The measured heart rate can then be used by Sleep Cycle to avoid overtraining and to track the results of your basic training and overall health. Of course, the app's integrated hear rate monitor is not meant to replace an actual heart rate monitor, and users with health concerns are still advised to consult a physician. The latest update to Sleep Cycle also adds support for time zones, which may prove useful to frequent international travelers. As a result, the app now automatically, but not retroactively, adapts graphs to the local time zone. The update also delivers the following changes:
The new version of Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is available now in the App Store as a free update or as a new $1.99 download. The app is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is included in AppAdvice's Apps To Help You Sleep AppList as well as in Sleeping Aid Apps, Sleep Tracking Apps and Best Alarm Clock Apps For iPhone AppGuides. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]
- AirPlay support is back, let the alarm sound in your external speakers (activate under Settings/Advanced).
- Major update to SleepSecure for backing up your entire database or transferring your database to a new device
- Graphs slightly redesigned and a new app icon without gradient
- Several other design and stability improvements