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No need for a laptop and ANT+ dongle as Zwift unveils iOS app

​Zwift, the popular online training platform, is soon to launch a beta iOS app so you can use it on an iPhone or iPad. Previously, it could only be used on a Windows or Mac laptop. 

With the new app, the company hopes to open up Zwift to those people that don’t own a laptop. It will use the smartphones Bluetooth so an ANT+ dongle won’t be needed. 

- How to get started on Zwift

Speaking ahead of the launch of the iOS app at Eurobike in Germany this week, Eric Min, Zwift CEO and founder said: “We’re committed to making Zwift more accessible, easier to set-up and stress-free to ride. Zwifting on iPad and iPhone achieves all of this without compromising on a quality experience for our users.

“Twelve months ago, Zwift was a product associated with high spec computers, ANT+ dongles, and permanent home set-ups with large screen TVs. Very soon, this same product will be available at the tap of a finger from the App Store, entirely portable and easy to connect via Bluetooth. This is great news for cyclists across the world who live in city apartments and shared homes, where space is a premium.”

The app is still a beta mode and will be available in September with invites being sent out to the Zwift community. It is hoping to roll out a full app in winter 2016 with pricing set at £8 a month. 

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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.