One of the best new features of the iPhone 5S is the M7 motion co-processor, which allows for all new activity tracking potential. The best part is that the M7 works in the background to store motion information while using a lot less battery in the way it’s designed, and not relying on GPS. A number of apps have been updated with M7 compatibility on the iPhone 5S, and there are even specific apps made for the M7. Breeze is one such app that comes from the makers of the deluxe RunKeeper. In the case of Breeze, it’s all about giving iPhone 5S owners an intelligent pedometer along the lines of Moves, or Nike+ Move.
What really makes Breeze stand-out is a silky smooth user interface that offers an iOS 7 design aesthetic complete with translucent backgrounds, and a clear focus on highlighting your activity. The main screen shows your steps for the day along with a progress bar that fills up based on a goal that the app sets. In fact, the most powerful part of Breeze is that is automatically sets up personalized daily activity targets based on your past performance, and how to improve in healthy increments. The M7 is constantly tracking any movement of your iPhone, and the app intelligently gathers this information, and can alert you on your best movement, or lack there of, throughout the day. Breeze also includes a history panel with your daily steps broken down on each day, with cumulative results as well. There’s also positive reinforcement on daily success, and the app keeps track of your activity on a map. The app really emphasizes battery management with the M7, which has been the biggest drawback of activity trackers.
Breeze (Free, iPhone) offers a valuable utility in a streamlined package that can save you the $100+ cost of a separate fitness tracker wristband, and just add the functionality to the device you already carry with you. It’s worth noting that Breeze is iPhone 5S only, and if you have an older iPhone, be sure to check out Moves.