Does having wifi on help location services?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by stonyboys, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Even when you're not connected to wifi?
     
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    sammich

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    Yes.

    The iPhone (among many others) constantly receive discovery packets from other Wireless Access Points (WAP) while it's out and about. These packets contain unique IDs and whenever location services is activated, it'll send a recent bunch of these to Apple's version of Skyhook (a WAP location database) so it'll find your rough location real quick.

    Simply put it's going: hey, I was near a place called this, tell me where this is.
     

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