Apple Satellite tracking!?

ikach

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Feb 6, 2011
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I have a
iPhone4
GSM
LOCKED
JailBroken
NO Sim inside
NO Wifi

In the middle of nowhere, where its even impossible to get connectivity for a mobile phone (India> Mountains), I took a few pictures using the camera

@Home connected the iPhone to the internet, the places immediately showed me the locations where clicked with crazy accuracy!

HOW?:eek:
Somebody please enlighten me, does Geotagging work like this?
will 4.3.3 resolve this?
 

ecschwarz

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Jun 28, 2010
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Yeah - GPS/Location Services - even with no data connection or anything, the phone can figure out where it is and adds the coordinates to the photo's EXIF data, which then can be interpreted with things like iPhoto or flickr…
 

rorschach

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The GPS receiver is a separate chip that communicates with the GPS satellites completely independent of cellular or Wi-Fi networks. You do not need an Internet connection to geotag photos with the coordinates of your location.
 

Stealthipad

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Apr 30, 2010
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but you can count on when you do get near service or a WiFi your iPhone will send all the informantion to the Apple server!:eek:
 

macingman

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but you can count on when you do get near service or a WiFi your iPhone will send all the informantion to the Apple server!:eek:
I know your being sarcastic but before some people take out the tin foil hats I want to say this is NOT the case.
 

RafaelT

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Jun 9, 2010
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As the other posters have stated it is based on GPS which is a feature of your phone and has nothing to do with data connectivity. If you do not want your pictures to be tagged with location information then there is an option in settings to turn it off.
 

lifeguard

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The GPS receiver is a separate chip that communicates with the GPS satellites completely independent of cellular or Wi-Fi networks. You do not need an Internet connection to geotag photos with the coordinates of your location.
Just to add on to what he said the GPSr RECEIVES ONLY. The Sat's in space transmit a signal that does nothing but transmit the exact time. The GPSr Chip in the phone senses these signals and then figures out the location. The Phone's GPSr Chip does NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT transmit any info
 

Jimmy James

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GPS. It operates just like other gps units that also don't require an internet connection (i.e. car gps, hiking gps).

It's interesting to me that Apple's [inferior] implementation using google maps vs. preloaded maps has caused much of the public to believe that it's an internet-related service.
 

scaredpoet

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GPS. It operates just like other gps units that also don't require an internet connection (i.e. car gps, hiking gps).
You'd be surprised how many people think that GPS receivers are actually two-way satellite systems, or at least that the satellites themselves have a lot more to do with the process than they actually do. The way media portrays GPS sometimes doesn't help things, either.

It's interesting to me that Apple's [inferior] implementation using google maps vs. preloaded maps has caused much of the public to believe that it's an internet-related service.
I don't think Apple or how they implement mapping has that much to do with it.

And, I guess you could call it inferior if you're okay with having multiple gigabytes of storage on your iPhone occupied with preloaded map data... and then having to contend with periodically updating those maps, or having those maps go out of date. But if you truly find that "superior," thankfully there are apps that remedy that for you.
 

Jimmy James

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And, I guess you could call it inferior if you're okay with having multiple gigabytes of storage on your iPhone occupied with preloaded map data...
Much of the time I actually need and use a gps is in places where there is no cell coverage. I'm a big fan of preloaded maps.
 

Clark Kent

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Apple should offer the ability to download maps for cities / regions so people can use GPS without an Internet connection.
 

ecschwarz

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Apple should offer the ability to download maps for cities / regions so people can use GPS without an Internet connection.
They should, although most paid GPS apps (such as even my favorite, the cheap $5 Copilot one) download the maps you need so you're not using data. I think Copilot takes about 1.5GB to store all the North American maps.

I've decided my next iPad will be a 3G one (kicking myself for going the cheap route), simply so I can have a big GPS (and I plan on leaving data turned completely off)
 
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