Fitbit’s new iOS update turns the iPhone 5S into a fitness tracker

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If getting fit in 2014 is your New Year resolution, then Fitbit is all set to make it easier for you.

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Fitbit has just released a major update to its iOS app for iPhone 5s, allowing the smartphone itself to track steps, distance and burned calories. So, if you don’t want to flaunt the healthy bracelet, this app allows users to get in on and get a taste for the Fitbit universe without jumping all the way in with the Fitbit wearable itself. This version of the app’s new feature goes by the name MobileTrack, while normal connectivity still works with Fitbit’s full line of activity trackers and the Aria Smart Scale. Users can now work with a redesigned set of tracker settings as well as sign-up and sign-in portals. You’ll find the ability to see people’s profiles in the Friend Finder list, while swiping on friends in your leaderboard now allows you to cheer, taunt, or message them. The newest version of Fitbit (2.1) works with a redesigned set of Silent Alarm settings including set, switch, edit, and remove, and you’ll find a new ability to set your own custom water goal.
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The Fitbit update comes just in time for New Years, as most people resolve to lose the holiday weight.