Nike Releases Nike+ GPS – No Shoe Sensor Needed

Posted by at 10:31 pm on September 6, 2010

On Labor Day  Nike posted a special standalone version of its Nike+iPod app. Nike+ GPS ($2, App Store) uses an Apple device’s built-in accelerometer and location finding, preferably an iPhone’s GPS. But an second gen iPod Touch will work, as well.  The software tracks the pace and distance without needing the Nike+iPod shoe adapter. iPhone owners can get a visual map of the route tied into Google Maps.

The app still supports all the features of the version an information can still be sent to the Nike+ site and counts towards running stats.

Nike requires at least an iPhone 3GS or a second-generation iPod touch to use the app, and at least iOS 4.  

Apple still sells the Nike+iPod shoe transmitter and isn’t likely to remove it given that the new iPod nano still needs the pedometer support for the exercise feature to work.

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