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beerseagulls

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can wifi-only new iPad Mini(2021) be used for navigation in the car when tethered to an iPhone?(using Apple Maps or Google Maps)

or do I need to buy one of those bluetooth GPS receiver things?

Thanks!
 

rui no onna

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From experience, iPads don't get GPS data from iPhone and location by wifi triangulation isn't good enough for GPS.
 
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Johnny365

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Dedicated Cellular iPads are much better than having to tether your iPhone, make sure it's enabled, and in range, etc. Also I found it to be less reliable than having the iPad with cellular built in and it "just works"
 
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Rocko99991

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New mini has GPS in all models.
Wi-Fi + Cellular models

  • Built‑in GPS/GNSS
  • Cellular
 

rui no onna

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New mini has GPS in all models.
Wi-Fi + Cellular models

  • Built‑in GPS/GNSS
  • Cellular

I don't think you're interpreting the specs correctly. It's only the cellular models that have GPS.

iPad Pro 12.9‑in. (5th generation) vs iPad mini (6th generation) vs iPad mini (5th generation)...png
 

fafafooey

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They make small Bluetooth gps pucks for pretty cheap you can use with your WiFi only iPad.
 
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