iPhone tethering gives iPad 2 GPS! (vid included)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ovrlrd, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Looks like it has finally been confirmed that the iPhone personal hotspot gives the iPad 2 it's GPS information when paired together. This is great news for people who went for the Wi-Fi model and gives yet another reason to save the money and not buy the 3G version of the iPad.

    Still not sure if this works with the 1st gen, and I had my doubts about this when I first read about it, but the video shows quite clearly that it is true GPS (though at slower intervals) and not just Wi-Fi location mapping.

  2. macrumors demi-god

    Oct 14, 2005
    Virginia Beach
    That's pretty sweet! :)
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    After I posted I did some personal testing and remain a little skeptical still. Direct side by side comparison in maps showed the pins were not exactly the same location, but once I walked down the block it did seem to follow pretty closely and was more accurate.

    The only thing about the video that makes me question it is that they were in "navigation" mode or whatever in Google Maps, which draws a line over the route you are taking. What might happen then is it might just narrow your location down more to assume you are close to the road you are on and "snap" the pin to that road.

    I will have to do some better testing when I am a passanger in a car sometime soon.

    Either way the bigger question is if full blown navigation apps will work or not. That is really the real test.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    Somewhere between Baltimore and DC
    good news indeed LOL
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2010
    I wish MyWi would do this.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
    Oh, damn. MyWi doesn't work?

    You need an iPhone 4 that allows personal hotspots?

  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
  8. macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2007
    Irvine, CA
    Well has anyone confirmed that MyWi doesn't do it?
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148a Safari/6533.18.5)

    I have a first gen ipad and with an iphone 3gs with mywi the gps works. Since day one.
  10. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    But slow.

    I don't remember whether it works with tetherme or not.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148a Safari/6533.18.5)

    Yeah sometimes its slow or not gives the location. But most of the time it works. I have not tested while moving, like in a car.
  12. macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Very nice. Looks like I'll be keeping my wifi only model.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
    There isn't any new info here. It is not updating real time, meaning, it is getting location via Wifi triangulation and not real GPS info.

    If you have a 3G iPad then you'll get real GPS info.

    What good is a "GPS" if it only gives you updated info every few blocks?
  14. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Yeah it doesn't seem like it will work with navigation apps that require GPS, but it still seems to act differently than the normal Wi-Fi triangulation, but again I haven't personally tested it extensively.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
    I just tested it out with my brothers iPad 2 and it does NOT work.

    It keeps trying to find my location, but after a while it says "Unable to find location" or whatever.

    FYI, T-Mobile iPhone 3G with EDGE, newest MyWi (Works perfectly browsing the web.) Testing it out on Google Maps, it loads up the maps, but will not find my location.
  16. macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009
    Doesn't work for me.

    iPhone 4 (4.3) and iPad 2 Wifi.

    I have the ipad connected to the iphone through the personal hotspot wifi connection, and the maps still can't tell the location.

    Sounds like a fake. :-/
  17. macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    I have a j/b iPhone 4 with MyWi and this absolutely works. We carpooled with some friends to a soccer game on Saturday and I was essentially the "navigator" in the passenger seat. I have Navigon on my iPhone but the directions were simple enough that I thought I'd see how well Maps picked up our location. It had us pretty much dead on for a very high percentage of the time. There were moments here & there where it would "warp" our location off the road but it was rare.
  18. macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2010
    oh man, this isn't gps, only the old wifi-geolocation like on the iphone classic.
  19. macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I must be the only person who thought about this the day they got the iPad and tried it but didn't feel the need to blog about it...

    It worked for me but it was not an instant update of the location. I teleported from spot to spot on the iPad.
  20. macrumors 68030


    Mar 13, 2007
    Just tried this on my iPhone 4 with AT&T tethering plan and 16GB iPad 2. iPad tethered via WiFi.

    Works perfectly in Google Maps. The blue dot is definitely getting GPS info from the phone. I'm in NH, and there aren't that many hotspots around where we just drove from/to.

    In fact, I closed Google Maps about 1/2 way before our destination. When we parked I went back into Google Maps.....it got the location, but the dot was in the middle of the building (I was still in car)....and then after about 2 seconds, it updated as it fixed in on the exact position in the parking lot.

    I'd say it's a great option for those with an iPhone 4.

    Even though they "mapped" there directions to get the blue line.....no way would the dot have followed like that with just WiFi positioning.

  21. macrumors 68030


    Mar 13, 2007
    Also want to update on my test with the iPad 2 connected via iPhone 4 WiFi tethering:

    I streamed a MLB game from spring training....worked fine.

    I did a Facetime call to my Mom from the iPad 2....worked great. Couple of pauses, but that's when I dropped to 1-2 bars.

  22. macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2011
    Amsterdam, NL
    Does not work for me. What did I do wrong? I have Personal Hotspot on my iPhone 4 on. I have my iPad 2 (wifi only) connected with my iPhone. Should be working like magic, if I may believe Tabletmonsters. My iPhone gives excellent gps position, yet my iPad only gives a very inaccurate one, about half a mile off and probably taken from a wifi hotspot.
    Please advise
  23. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2007
    It's expensive, but there is now 2 Bluetooth and one plug in iOS authorized gps devices. I own the bad elf gps, it works great.

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