Any Rumor if iPad wifi only will get a GPS?

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  1. davidlw macrumors 6502a

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    I was wondering if the iPad wifi only will get a GPS? It would sure be nice to use it with my mobile mifi that I have. I do have another tablet that has it in it and it worked great on a trip that I took today. Just wondering.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Very unlikely. The GPS is part of the cellular radio. I believe this is how it has been for every iDevice.
     
  3. docprego macrumors 65816

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    From a marketing standpoint it would greatly increase the appeal of the device. Many consumers would love to have an 8" GPS device.
     
  4. kokhean macrumors regular

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    I think they can use the location of the Wi-Fi hotspot or router.
     
  5. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    +1. Take a look at history.

    Has appeal been an issue with the iPad?

    Of course you can. However, such methods of determining location aren't as accurate.
     
  6. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

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    If GPS is important to you, the Nexus 7 has one, but no cellular.
     
  7. Fruit Cake macrumors 6502a

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    I wifi only tablet can have a separate gps chip, but it won't be assisted gps like the I devices are, still it could in theory be done in software with skyhook database and a wifi connection, but it's not true assisted gps like apples. I've tried it on playbook and it can at times be slow to acquire a lock.
     
  8. DKatri macrumors 6502

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    The problem is that for most things you'd use the GPS chip for (mainly mapping i guess, maybe a sat nab kinda thing) you are likely to be out and about and without 3G it can't load a map to render. You could get your coordinates but not be able to do much with them. If you want/need it on an iPad springing for the 3G model is the only real option and I can't see that changing.
     
  9. docprego macrumors 65816

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    While I agree for the most part, it is still a possibility in that there are GPS options that host the maps locally on the device. However I admit that given the small flash capacities that the iPad Mini is likely to debut with, this is not an ideal solution.
     
  10. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    There are plenty of offline navigation apps available to use with a GPS equipped device. If started without a WiFi connection to get assistance, they'll simply have the same startup speed as a car GPS.

    Also, not all WiFi hotspots have been mapped to a location, so it's handy that most Android tablets include GPS. (Except the super cheaper book reader versions, of course.)

    However, Apple does not have a history of including GPS in its base devices, starting with the first iPhone, to the iPod touch, to the non-3G/4G iPads.
     
  11. kolax macrumors G3

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    Using OMaps, I can store whole of Edinburgh in 2GB's.
     
  12. Menel macrumors 603

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    You should be able to store MUCH more than that in 2GB.
     
  13. kolax macrumors G3

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    You're probably right, I never just got Edinburgh, got pretty much central Scotland too.
     
  14. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

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    There is at least 4 or 5 bluetooth gps devices that work with the iPad. I would recommend the dual x150, or the new garmin glo.
     
  15. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Come on...

    If it's WiFi only, it's not GPS capable.

    Sorry.

    It can approximate location based on local maps, but it can't do what GPS does.
     
  16. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Plenty of Android tablets are WiFi only, but have a GPS chip.

    For that matter, WiFi isn't necessary to have a GPS chip.

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    The only reason to want comms like WiFi or 3G is for:

    1) Assisted GPS for quicker startup ... but it's not required.

    2) Downloading maps... but not if the maps are stored locally.
     

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