Besides Maps, any new features in iOS 12 or in other apps that use GPS?

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  1. hajime macrumors 601

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    Considering to switch the iPad PRO 12.9" 2017 WiFi model to WiFi and LTE model. Besides Maps, any new features in iOS 12 or apps that use GPS to make the extra cost worth paying?
     
  2. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    Why are you thinking about only new bit?! What about any existing services or apps that might have been using GPS?!
     
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Apple employee said only Map is see the GPS. He is not aware of other apps. Suggested me to get WiFi only model as I can tetterd using uPhone.

    Perhaps new AR apps need GPS?
     
  4. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    Hold on, what are you trying to do here?! Do you just want to know what uses gps on an iPad or are you asking if upgrading to a GPS model for you will have any benefit?!
     
  5. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    I'm sure there are hundreds of apps that use GPS - just go to the app store. It depends on what you want to do, some apps will give you turn by turn directions, others will just show and track your position on a variety of imagery such as aerial photography or scanned topographic maps.

    The LTE model will give you an internal GPS chip as well as a data connection to download maps in the field. There are many apps that allow you to download/install maps at home over wifi and use them in the field with no data connection. You can also use a wifi-only iPad with an external bluetooth gps such as the Garmin GLO or Bad Elf. These are likely to be more accurate than the iPad's built-in GPS.

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/109827
    https://bad-elf.com/pages/products

    With a wifi iPad, you could also tether it to a phone to provide a data connection in the field.

    Getting back to (what I think is) your original question... I don't think anything has changed with iOS 12, aside from Apple's own Maps app maybe.
     
  6. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Second. Trying to find out besides apps that give directions, whether or not there are apps that use GPS to make paying of extra cost worthwhile.
     
  7. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    There are loads of apps that use GPS. The AppStore is full of them.
     
  8. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Can I see the list from my iPhone? How can find get a list of apps that use GPS for iPad?
     
  9. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    Just type "GPS" into a search at the app store.
     
  10. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    A bit difficult to search like that. Because GPS is not a search term for all the apps that need GPS access. Eg - most social networking services use GPS to some capacity but the search term GPS don’t associate with what these apps actually do in broader sense.

    See above. A search like that will mostly pull up navigation apps.
     
  11. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    What is that ugly looking bandage thing on the late model?
     
  12. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    Have you tried? Here are just a few hits from that search that I wouldn't consider "navigation apps" - there are many, many more.

    But it's true, any kind of app that can make use of your location would benefit from having an internal GPS chip.

    Find my Friends
    Gaia hiking and hunting maps
    Commander Compass
    Find my family, friends, phone
    Speedometer 55 GPS & HUD
    All Trials Hike, Bike and Run
    Accuweather
    Map my Run
    The Weather Channel
    Nike+ Run Club
    WGY Golf Game
    Strava Run, Ride or Swim
    18Birdies Golf GPS
    Walkiing for Weight Loss
    Parental control and Kid Tracker
    Glympse share my Location
    Fishing Points
    Storm Radar
     
  13. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    This one's a biggie for me.

    I've occasionally forgotten my iPad in the office (wired network only, no Wi-Fi). Being able to track where my device is stops me from panicking/worrying particularly if I forgot it Friday and there's a long weekend.
     
  14. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    Surprised to see a couple of weather apps there but mostly those are all some sort of navigation related apps.

    This is expected because generally developers won’t associate GPS as a search term with their apps unless the main feature of the app is using GPS. If you know what I mean.
     

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