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Fitbit update for iOS removes the need for a Fitbit

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Fitbit has update its iOS app with a brave new feature - one that removes the need to purchase a Fitbit wristband.

The likes of the Fitbit Flex are flexible wrist-mounted pedometers that records your movements in much the same way as the Nike Fuelband or the Jawbone Up. It typically costs around £80 to purchase, and links in with a free smartphone app to record your fitness routine.

However, with this latest Fitbit app update for iOS, you don’t need to buy that wristband element at all.

Don’t cancel that Fitbit purchase just yet, however. First you’ll need an Apple device that contains the latest A7 chip with its M7 coprocessor. So that’s the iPhone 5S, the iPad Air, or the iPad mini 2 Retina.

Although, if you ask us, going out jogging with a tablet is even weirder than taking photos with a tablet. Each to their own.

By utilising this motion-sensitive chip, your smart device can now replicate the basic functions of a dedicated Fitbit wristband. This 'MobileTrack’ feature tracks data like the number of steps you’ve taken, miles you’ve covered, and calories you’ve burned.

Naturally you won’t be getting the full fat (actually, it’s probably more semi-skimmed) Fitbit experience, but it’s a neat way to get you hooked on the Fitbit way of doing things. A full Fitbit purchase is the natural next step on the road to keeping those New Year’s resolutions.

Fitbit version 2.1 is available to download for free now from the iOS App Store.

Read more: Nike Fuelband review

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