Does the iPad2 WiFi + 3G have a GPS chip?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Breaking Good, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Breaking Good macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I'm extremely embarrassed to be asking this quesstion considering everything I've written recently complaining about how the iPad Mini WiFi doesn't have GPS.

    So I went to Apple's Web site to look at the specs. on the new iPad Mini as compared to the iPad 4 and iPad 2. While perusing through I discovered that the iPad 2 WiFi + 3G model is not listed as having GPS.

    I must admit this came as a shock to me. I thought the iPad 2 WiFi + 3G had GPS. However, Apples Web site says it does not.

    Does anybody have any comments about this?

    I must admit I am really embarrassed about this as I thought that it did when I purchased my Verizon model iPad 2 WiFi + 3G. In fact, the primary reason I purchased it was to get the GPS.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. poloponies Suspended

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    Apple's web site most certainly lists GPS as a feature of the iPad2 with 3G (you need to look at the Tech Specs page for detailed features):


    Wi-Fi
    Digital compass
    Assisted GPS
    Cellular
     
  4. Breaking Good thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Could you provide a link?

    I've looked over the Tech Specs and I don't see it listed. It is not in the "Wireless and Cellular" section of the Tech Specs.
     
  5. poloponies Suspended

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    You are correct that it's not in "Wireless and Cellular", it is lower down the page under "Location":


    http://www.apple.com/ipad/ipad-2/specs.html
     
  6. webb70 macrumors newbie

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  7. poloponies Suspended

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    Did you duct-tape a Garmin to it?
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    Those in fact don't. They physically lack the needed microchip to be able to receive any kind of satellite signal.
     
  9. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Only if it also has 3G. Else it uses location services (via IP address)
     
  10. webb70 macrumors newbie

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    Please explain the difference as I used it to get me to Atlantic City and back?
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    It used its cached WiFi location database to track itself as it saw a WiFi network. Or you tethered it to your iPhone and that provided GPS coordinates through Bluetooth. The WiFi iPad itself is not able receive GPS signals.
     
  12. poloponies Suspended

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    You observed your position on the display moving steadily from your point of departure to your destination? Because that would more than stretch the imagination.
     
  13. DeeGee48 macrumors regular

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    3G/4G iPads and GPS

    To make it really simple: ALL cellular iPads (3G/4G) HAVE the A-GPS (assisted GPS) chip in them ALSO (in addition to their particular cellular chip AND Wi-Fi).

    It is the Wi-Fi ONLY models that DO NOT HAVE GPS chips in them.

    Pretty hard to have continuous Wi-Fi while traveling down the freeway in a CAR after all! :)
     
  14. kulimer macrumors 6502

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    I don't know what you mean by GPS? If you mean turn-by-turn navigation. The answer is no. iOS 6 does, it's built-in by Apple.

    If you mean aGPS (Assist GPS): a dot on the map tells where you are, then yes!
     

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