With the launch of The Sufferfest Training System for iOS devices, we've made suffering more convenient than ever. Gone are the days of lugging your desktop, monitor and all, to the gym. No longer do you have to drag your laptop into your Torture Chamber, risking damage from a wayward swing of an enthusiastic minion's flogging stick. Mobile Suffering is here.
Before we get down to the business of sending you headfirst into the hurt locker we need to talk a bit about compatibility between The Sufferfest Training System and Apple iOS devices. Technology is constantly changing, and older devices may lack the processing power or hardware capabilities to support the full suite of features we've added to the app. If you have a smart trainer, or if you have devices like power meters and cadence sensors, or heart rate monitors that communicate via ANT+, you may need additional equipment to allow The Sufferfest Training System to talk to these devices. But first things first:
What are the minimum iPad and iPhone requirements?
iPhone: That iPhone 3 you have sitting in the back of your sock drawer might make you a bit of coin on Antiques Roadshow in 20 years, but it, unfortunately, lacks the guts to handle the full force and fury of The Sufferfest app. If you have an iPhone 4S or newer, you are ready for lift-off.
iPad: The Sufferfest app plays nicely with iPads from the 3rd generation onward. If your iPad was manufactured after mid-2012 then we predict much mobile Suffering in your future. Need help figuring out what generation iPad you have? Apple has this handy guide.
iPod Touch: iPod Touch: the device for people who love iPhones but hate actually talking on the phone. If you plan on using your iPod Touch to help you suffer, we recommend the 5th generation (mid-2013) or newer. Consult this guide from Apple if you need help determining the vintage of your iPod.
In addition to these minimum hardware requirements, we also recommend installing the most up-to-date version of the iOS software. At the very least, The Sufferfest app requires iOS 9.0.
What do I need to connect The Sufferfest app to my Bluetooth devices?
Fitness devices—such as power meters, cadence sensors, and heart rate monitors—can communicate wirelessly with The Sufferfest app using two methods: Bluetooth 4.0 (also called Bluetooth Low Energy or Bluetooth Smart) and ANT+. If your iOS device fulfills the minimum hardware requirements outlined above, it has Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities built in. No additional adapters or equipment is needed.
iOS devices with Bluetooth 4.0 or higher:
1. The iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6+, 6S and 6S+
2. The iPad (3rd and 4th generation models), the iPad Air and iPad Air 2, iPad Mini (1st generation), Mini 2, Mini 3 and Mini 4 and the iPad Pro.
3. The iPod Touch: 5th and 6th generation.
What do I need to connect the app with my ANT+ devices?
ANT+ is a low-power, wireless communication protocol used by most fitness devices. The newest version of ANT+, called ANT+ FE-C (for Fitness Equipment Control) has the advantage of allowing The Sufferfest app to control the resistance of compatible smart trainers to match the efforts in the workouts. Some call it ERG Mode, but we call it the Minions in the Machine. It's the easiest way to make sure you're suffering as hard as Grunter demands. No shifting, no thinking. Unfortunately, iOS devices don't have ANT+ capabilities built into them. If you want your ANT+ enabled sensors or smart trainer to talk to The Sufferfest app on your iOS device, you need some additional hardware. First, you need one of these:
1. An ANT+ key
If you have an older iOS device with a 30-pin charging port, than the ANT+ key will plug directly into it, no adapter needed. However!
2. If your iOS device has the Lightning connector (see photo below) then you'll need a 30-pin adapter in addition to the Wahoo ANT+ Key. This will be the case for ALL iOS devices except for iPhone 4S and earlier generation iPads.
3. You can buy the 30-pin adapter from Apple here.
4. We love the ANT+ key from Wahoo, which you can get here.
Simply plug those into your iPad/iPhone and - boom! - you're ready to Suffer.
WORD OF CAUTION!
There are some very sneaky 30-pin ANT+ key impostors out there that will not play nicely with iOS devices and The Sufferfest Training System. The Garmin version is one such impostor.
THE GARMIN 30-PIN ANT+ KEY WILL NOT WORK!
If you see this Garmin 30-pin ANT+ key beckoning you from the shadows, resist its siren song. It was sent by Couchlandrian operatives to thwart your Suffering.
If you have any questions about iOS device compatibility or anything else, contact TheMinions@TheSufferfest.com.