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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:17 PM   #1
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Apparently there is some sort of GPS on the 5th Gen Touch

Here is was I noticed today, maybe someone can explain it to me...

5th Gen iPod Touch Black running iOS 6.0.1

I searched for a location and got directions using Apple Maps. Then I left the house with my iPod Touch 5th Gen in my hand and started driving. That means that I left and disconnected from my known wireless networks. When I looked back at the map for the directions, the blue dot was moving almost perfectly! It even assisted me with generic location-based turn by turn (similar to what occurs on the iPhone 4 running iOS 6). This continued all the way until I arrived at the location I had searched for.

How is this possible?

I had heard rumors that Apple's system polls local WiFi networks for location, regardless of if you are connected to them or not. But this is odd because I was driving! On the interstate!

It was much more convenient than I had hoped for, since I was only expected to read a list of directions and glance at the map for orientation...it was very nice to also be able to see where I was...on an iPod Touch (that supposed has no built-in GPS and relies on WiFi triangulation!)

I guess you don't need to be connected to a wireless network in order to obtain location based information on an iPod Touch?????
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