Runkeeper update allows Apple Watch Series 2 & Nike+ users to track iPhone-free runs via GPS

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Popular exercise tracking app Runkeeper has been updated to support the built-in GPS location tracking capabilities of the new Apple Watch Series 2, as well as the Apple Watch Nike+.

Runkeeper version 7.6 allows users to see mapped routes on their iPhone after a run with Apple Watch Series 2 hardware. Utilizing the new wearable device's dedicated GPS radio, the app allows users to accurately track their runs while leaving their phone at home.

Apple's own native Workouts app has offered GPS run tracking since the Series 2 watch debuted. But the new support from Runkeeper will apply to a large community of runners who utilize one of the most popular fitness apps on the iOS App Store.

Runkeeper previously allowed users to estimate runs when leaving the iPhone behind, but GPS support means that metrics such as pace, distance and location will be far more accurate than before.

In addition, Runkeeper for Apple Watch has also been updated with a customizable activity screen that lets users determine what stats are displayed while on a run.

One new metric is a heart rate graph that offers a snapshot of the last five minutes of beats per minute. Runkeeper sets a user's max heart rate based on their age, but it can be adjusted in settings.

Another option to display is pace, where a graph shows the last five minutes of a workout to show how the runner is performing in comparison to their target pace. Users must set a target pace in settings.

The new UI also features a larger font size, making it easier to read while on a run. And the Apple Watch will provide a vibration to the user at each mile to let them know how they are progressing.

Runkeeper version .76 is a 102-megabyte download from the App Store, compatible with iPhone and Apple Watch. It requires iOS 9.0 or later.