The Apple M7 Chip

Yesterday, Apple announced the new iPhone 5s & 5c with what most people consider with slight tweaks and improvements. While watching the keynote, I picked up on a small mention of the Apple M7 chip embedded into the A7 processor. The “M” stands for Motion. And this may help the Quantified self, health and wellness movement.

The Motion Sensing M7 chip is a Motion co-processor. This will help gather motion data constantly – like speed, steps, motion, all through the highly integrated and expansive sensor arrays – accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS and compass in the iPhone.

With the CoreMotion API, developers can access the capabilities and integrate it into their apps. I believe we will see more integrated health apps and a higher competion to provide these features in a unique way – differentiated only through the User Experience for Health and Wellness.

Here’s to the new iPhone 5s for health! Forward thinking. Keep moving forward!


2 responses to “The Apple M7 Chip

  1. via mobihealthnews;

    Schiller said that the chip, working in tandem with Apple’s now updated Core Motion API, will be able to tell fitness and health apps whether the user is stationary, walking, running, or driving. With this launch Apple has further commoditized activity tracking as a feature of fitness apps.

    “The CoreMotion API is not a completely new concept as this sensor fusion was first made available to Apple Developers in 2010 with the introduction of gyroscopes in the iPhone 4,” he told MobiHealthNews. “Even simple accelerometers were available right out of the gate with iPhone 1. At the time, this technology still had some shortcomings that developers had to work around: power consumption (battery life), gyroscope drift, and sometimes noisy and inaccurate accelerometers.”

    Thurston said this week’s launch will likely help MapMyFitness developers to overcome one of their biggest hurdles to date — battery life.

    “When I first heard of the M7 I thought people were talking about some hot new BMW,” Misfit Wearables’ Vu told MobiHealthNews. “Turned out to be a chip. Okay well, while it doesn’t change the fact that the iPhone is not a wearable device (yet), it is one of the most worn devices — often next to your body [and] you feel naked without it, etc. Anyway, now everyone can easily make an activity monitoring app using the CoreMotion API.”

    Apple’s inclusion of the M7 in the new iPhone is an indication that it — or something like it — will be an important component in an Apple smart watch, should such a device turn out to be more than just a rumor. More importantly, Apple’s decision to add a whole new hardware component to enable better health and fitness apps clearly shows how valuable health-related apps are to the company.

  2. via TechCrunch

    Apple’s M7 Motion Sensing Coprocessor Is The Wizard Behind The Curtain For The iPhone 5s

    The M7 means that everyone will be able to carry a sensor similar to a Fitbit or equivalent in their pocket without having to cart around a separate device, which doesn’t require syncing via Bluetooth or worrying about losing something that’s generally tiny, plus there’s no additional wristwear required. And the M7′s CoreMotion API is open to all developers, so it’s essentially like carrying around a very powerful motion tracking gizmo in your pocket which is limited in function only by what developers can dream up for it.

    So in the future, we’ll likely see gesture-controlled games (imagine the iPhone acting as a gesture controller for a title broadcast to Apple TV via AirPlay), as well as all kinds of fitness trackers and apps that can use CoreMotion to limit battery drain or change functionality entirely depending on where and when they’re being used, as detected by motion cues. An app might offer very different modes while in transit, for instance, vs. when it’s stationary in the home.

    Apple’s iPhone 5s is an interesting upgrade in that much of what’s changed takes the form of truly innovative engineering advances, with tech like the fingerprint sensor, camera and M7 that are each, in and of themselves, impressive feats of technical acumen. That means, especially in the case of the M7, the general consumer might not even realize how much of a generational shift this is until they get their hands on one, and new software experiences released over the hardware’s lifetime will gradually reveal even more about what’s changed.

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