Apple to release CoreMotion API with iPhone 5S' M7 motion sensor

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced its new iPhone 5S will include a motion sensor that will allow the phone to track users' movements. The company's M7 motion coprocessor will continuously measure motion data using the phone's accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, the company said, and information from the sensor will be available to third-party application developers via the new CoreMotion API (application programming interface).

Apple said Nike will use the new technology in its forthcoming Nike+ Move app, which will use the M7 and other iPhone technologies to track users' exercise and fitness. The app will use Nike's Fuel Points and will integrate with Apple's Game Center offering.

Apple is the latest smartphone maker to offer contextually-aware health and fitness services. Samsung offers similar motion-tracking technologies via its new Galaxy S4 smartphone, and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Motorola Mobility too has introduced motion-sensing services in its Moto X smartphone.

Such services could compete against dedicated fitness tracking devices from the likes of Fitbit and Jawbone, which sell wristbands that track users' activities throughout the day and night.

Apple's new CoreMotion API could also foster the development of additional health and fitness applications as third-party application developers make use the information. Already a wide range of smartphone applications track users' running, cycling and other activities via smartphone GPS information.

Apple announced the new iPhone 5S alongside the new iPhone 5C at an event today in California.

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