After watching Windows phone and Android users enjoy updated Microsoft Health apps and new Band 2 firmware for a couple of weeks now, iPhone users finally can get in on the fun. Microsoft pushed an update to the Health app on the iPhone today, finally bringing those users in on the nifty new functionality.
Here’s what’s new:
– Share your workout – Create custom Guided Workouts in the web dashboard, and share them with your friends.
– Track your weight – Tracking your weight can help you maintain your current weight, or help you reach your weight goals.
– Web Tile Gallery – Want more tiles? Sports scores, news headlines…a variety of content you care about can be delivered straight to your band.
– GPS Power Saver – For longer biking and runs, enable GPS Power Saver in your Bike or Run Tile to extend your battery life up to 4 hours.
– Activity reminders – Get moving! Staying inactive for too long can become an unhealthy habit. Set activity reminders on your Microsoft Band 2 for every 30, 60, or 90 minutes.
– Bug fixes
That’s not coincidentally the same updates that were previously available on Windows phones and Android. The GPS Power Saver update to the Band 2 is particularly interesting, given GPS usage during workouts is likely the wearable’s largest battery hog.
We’re not entirely sure why activity reminders are listed as new–they’ve existed on the Band 2 since December 2015, and offer more intervals than just 30, 60, and 90 minutes. The same with Web Tiles–those also seem to have existed prior to this update. So, if you’re confused by this list of what’s new, you’re not alone.
Nevertheless, updates are always good, and iPhone users can now finally save some battery life with the new GPS Power Saver function. So if you’re a Health and Band 2 user, then go hit that update button in the App Store or download the app below.iPhone, Microsoft, Microsoft Band, Microsoft Health, update