Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPhone

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 4, 2012, 09:37 AM   #1
Delirium7
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Geofencing: Specifically what is it doing?

I searched and found much of the information I was looking for, but I have a more specific question if somebody could help me.

I understand that geofencing is designed to be passive so as to not absolutely kill your phone's battery, but does it cause the phone to poll and check it's location more frequently if there are ANY fenced reminders?

For example, If I wanted to set a geofence reminder that is just for fun, meaning not pertinent to my day to day schedule, or even near me geographically (say, put a reminder to take a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge and fence it around San Francisco...although I don't live in California), does it noticeably drain battery power to the point where I shouldn't use it like that?

Thanks in advance
Delirium7 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 4, 2012, 10:28 AM   #2
xnickitynickx
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Orlando, FL
By the nature of it, yes. Having your phone do something always takes a little more power than doing nothing.
__________________
13" MacBook Air (2.0 GHz i7, 8GB RAM, 256 Flash); iPad (3rd Gen); iPhone 4S; AppleTV; too many iPods to list...
xnickitynickx is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 4, 2012, 10:31 AM   #3
apunkrockmonk
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Rochester, NY
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delirium7 View Post
I searched and found much of the information I was looking for, but I have a more specific question if somebody could help me.

I understand that geofencing is designed to be passive so as to not absolutely kill your phone's battery, but does it cause the phone to poll and check it's location more frequently if there are ANY fenced reminders?

For example, If I wanted to set a geofence reminder that is just for fun, meaning not pertinent to my day to day schedule, or even near me geographically (say, put a reminder to take a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge and fence it around San Francisco...although I don't live in California), does it noticeably drain battery power to the point where I shouldn't use it like that?

Thanks in advance
If I'm not mistaken the geofencing reminders use only cell tower triangulation. Data that your phone already has readily available at all times it has cell phone signal.

The battery impact of this feature is minimal as opposed to if it was GPS it'd be a large drain.
__________________
iPhone 5 Black 32GB T-Mobile
iPad Mini 2 Black 32GB T-Mobile
Hackintosh i5 4GHz|24GB|7TB
MacBook Pro 13" i5 2.4GHz|8GB|256GB
apunkrockmonk is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 4, 2012, 11:05 AM   #4
sulpfiction
macrumors 68020
 
sulpfiction's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Philadelphia Area
The phone does not "check" it's location more when u have a geofenced reminder set up.
sulpfiction is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 4, 2012, 11:06 AM   #5
Delirium7
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
That what I'm curious about. If its using triangulation data that its accessing anyway, then great.
I was wary about the phone essentially saying "oo ok we have a geofence up, time to start doing a GPS loc check every x minutes"
Delirium7 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPhone

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:04 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC