GPS question

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Dentifrice, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. Dentifrice macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    Is it possible to use an ipad air 2 WIFI as GPS ? I'm going to another country and won't have internet access

    I'm going to use a gps app which you can download map for "offline" traveling (like navmii).

    Possible or not ? thanks
     
  2. SidBoggle macrumors regular

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    No, there is no GPS chip in the WiFi only models. You would need an cellular model to use satnav.
     
  3. Dentifrice thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so there is magical "wifi antenna can detect position even if not connected to any network" stuff ?
     
  4. SidBoggle macrumors regular

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    The wiFi model will give you an approximate location based on any local WiFi access points but it's not enough to use as SatNav. It's only really good for showing a rough position in towns etc.
     
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  6. sparksd macrumors 65816

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    Only the LTE model has a GPS chip but a WiFi-only model can determine location from local WiFi nodes but it sounds like you'll be in an area where that's not possible. There are Bluetooth GPS receivers out there that you could use with your Air 2 --

    https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Elf-2200-Black-silver/dp/B008VWNBBE
     
  7. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

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    Do the LTE models support real GPS, even if you don't have a data plan active?
     
  8. sparksd macrumors 65816

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    Yes, works fine. Data plan is not needed.
     
  9. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    We use an iPad for NAV with a gps node flying and and for boating as a backup. Here are a few more from a reputable online company.

    http://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/catalogsearch/result/?q=Bluetooth+gps
     
  10. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

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    Thanks.
     
  11. fricotin macrumors regular

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    I use the Garmin GLO with my iPod touch, it would work fine with an iPad Air 2.
     
  12. sparksd macrumors 65816

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    I like the idea that you can get into the GLO and replace the battery (much like I recently did with my Garmin nuvi 3590) - it's irritating to have to replace a unit when the rechargeable battery goes bad.
     

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