I have a Fitbit One, and I use their Fitbit Connect software on my Mac so the device can sync silently using a USB dongle. When I got my 5K iMac the other day, the dongle wasn’t recognized, so I re-installed the software. I’ve noticed since then that, at times, my Mac lags a bit […]
“Apple may soon stop selling the popular Fitbit devices, as it clears the way for its own wearable technology product set to launch sometime next year, according to sources.
“It’s unclear exactly why Apple will no longer sell the devices, which track steps and other health metrics, in its retail stores. But the move comes a week after Fitbit issued a statement saying it was still “evaluating integration with HealthKit,” Apple’s new software application that acts as a central repository for health and fitness data on iPhones.”
This is a bit mean-sprited on the part of Apple, but it’s important to remember that, if Apple does stop selling Fitbit’s products, there may be more to the story that we don’t know. I don’t know how well Fitbit’s products perform in Apple’s stores, but I’ve found the Fitbit One to be the most accurate of the four fitness trackers I tried.
There comes a time when the Apple rumor mill gets things right. Before the first iPhone was announced, rumors — and, perhaps, leaks from the company — helped set our expectations for the new device. The same is true today with Apple’s potential wearable device. There has been enough information to suggest that, tomorrow, when […]
I’ve been exploring wearable fitness trackers recently, and, in addition to the three devices I reviewed, I got a Nike+ Fuelband this week. With yesterday’s news that Nike is probably exiting the wearables market, most likely because Apple will be releasing an iWatch, the thought crossed my mind that there is a market for a […]
I was exchanging emails with my son about the rumored termination of Nike’s wearable products. He has a Nike+ SportWatch, which he uses when running, and was worried about its future support. As I was typing a reply on my iPhone, I saw this: Well, if iOS 7 auto-correct says so, it’s got to be […]
You may have read my recent review of three fitness trackers, one that clips on your belt or waistband, and the other two that you wear on your wrist. These are examples of wearable technology, which is the Next Big Thing, except that no one has done it right yet. I was talking to my […]
Fitness trackers are motivators. While, on the surface, they claim to record data about your activity, the real reason people buy them is to motivate themselves to be more active. None of them are perfectly accurate, and they all have drawbacks. Some have good hardware and mediocre software; some have excellent software and poor hardware. […]