GPSKits Adds Advanced GPS Functions to iPhone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Garafa's GPSKit [$9.99, App Store] for iPhone provides you with more advanced GPS functionality and tracking for your iPhone.

    - Dashboard - see real time information
    - Tracks - save your path, view in Google Earth or Maps
    - Waypoints - Save points of interest

    While GPSKit's solution is $9.99, there are other applications on the App Store that provide portions of similar functionality:

    - GPS Tracker [Free] - real-time tracking service
    - Speed [Free] - real time speedometer
    - PathTracker [$0.99] - real time stats, save your path, also for runners/bikers
    - Speedster GPS [$0.99] - speed and altitude in real time
    - gpsCompass [$1.99] - real time stats
    - Distance Meter [$2.99] - distance tracker
    - iTrail [$2.99] - distance and path tracker for runners/bikers
    - RunKeeper [$9.99] - track running/biking paths and stats

    All of these applications require an iPhone 3G with GPS for best performance. The makers of GPSKit provided a video demo of their app.

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  2. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Pretty much all the same information you can find on the dashboard of your car... Speed, traveled distance, etc... Pretty useless.

    Only thing its good for it... maybe... altitude? Which I wouldnt use for anything...
  3. 80s Fan macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Looks pretty cool to me. Not sure if I would agree with you, bbplayer5. I have a Garmin GPS and it looks to me like the GPSKits actually has some of the same features at the Garmin unit.

    Question -- Once you've reached your minute mark and the iPhone automatically powers off, does the GPS stop tracking you and does it stop recording all the various data values shown in the video? Just curious.
  4. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Great list of GPS apps as well... giving me pause as to why I haven't upgraded my iPhone 1G yet...

    I have a Garmin nuvi 770 for my car.... but like the idea of my iPhone being a GPS device in my city travels. As a photographer it would be great to have a map of the treks I have made with way points...
  5. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Cuz you wouldn't need this information outside of a car? :confused:
  6. projectle macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    I will so be using this application the next time my speedometer breaks, the clock on my radio dies, and the mountains disappear.
  7. crsd36 macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2008
    There's a vid in another post of this in action and shows more features that are not shown in the screen cap, the most noticable being the fact that the dashboard is customizable. For example, you could change 2 of the widgets to show Lattiude and Longitude.
  8. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    I just downloaded the speedo. Cool for having on the boat.
  9. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    I often times love to know how fast im walking and what direction im facing because using the unpredictable sun is sometimes disheartening.
  10. CADer macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2007
    I can see myself adding in Geo cache locations on this app and being able to navigate to the closest! - Very cool now all I need is the new iphone!
  11. Mr. Zorg macrumors regular

    Mr. Zorg

    Sep 5, 2007
    The iPhone doesn't automatically power off, it just locks the screen and shuts the screen off. The phone is still on, and as far as I've been able to tell, the running app is still running (accidentally drained the battery that way leaving a game running). But you *can* turn off the auto-lock if you're really concerned about it. :)
  12. sdtaco macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2007
    Again a pointless comment. Don't put junk like this on here.

    How about for people who hike/camp, fly, and boat? This is a great app.
  13. E.Lizardo macrumors 68000

    May 28, 2008
    Yes I often use my astrolabe in geocaching.No batteries to worry about either.And when I'm in my car my speedometer tells me where I am what direction I'm going and the distances to/from multiple points at once.Definitely not worth ten bucks.
  14. slycrel macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    If you watch the video, the author has definitely done his homework and it looks to be a good set of features in one app that you can't get anywhere else on the iPhone. If you don't have a GPS already and want one, this is a good subset of basic GPS functionality and is worth $9.99.

    As the author of Geopher Lite I am a bit disappointed that I didn't get a mention here. My application is geared towards geocaching, but it still has some GPS information regarding where you are and a target location.

    Shameless link:
  15. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    Luddite. I'm impressed that you've been convinced of the utility of a computer.

    Just like the microscope and telescope showed us different scales of our world, and the telecommunications mitigated the puny distance of our voices, so too is GPS having a huge effect on how we define ourselves and those around us. If you can't see that, then you must be dense. Location aware? Haven't you heard of that?

    Back to the matter at hand: This looks like a great app. Kudos to the developer.
  16. 150hp macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2004
    Door County, WI, USA
    This app makes me really hope GPS is added to the next ipod touch.
  17. joseph2166 macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    Can't imagine it would be - is it really useful enough to warren the extra cost when you don't have always-on internet?
  18. rworne macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Can't beat this review....

    Top review for the app is hilarious:

    Omg (5 stars)
    by Nutshanglow

    This app is so great that I wanted to rub one out as it was installing​
  19. 80s Fan macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    I'm not so sure of this and would be interested in knowing, especially from someone who has the app. It's my understanding that some other apps have you play music to force them to continue running. Pretty sure I've seen this, though maybe I was hallucinating again. :eek:

    So I'm just curious if that's the case here. The reason I am curious is that if this things shuts off after a minute or so of inactivity, it's obviously not as useful, both in and out of the car.

  20. jmadlena Guest

    I know that Pandora continues to play music even after my iPhone locks, so it is definitely possible that the Location Services may continue to run.

    Edit: Okay, I understand what you are saying. Nevermind my comment.
  21. Rocketman macrumors 603


    I want an app that saves "points of interest" with associated notes ala address or directions to the location.

    Interesting recreational locations.

    Business sales call locations


    Recurring shopping points (handy to get to from random directions).


    P.S. Heck, allow me to manually input a hard GPS LOCATION FROM ANOTHER SOURCE.
  22. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Probably not - if you're within range of a Wifi hotspot you can't really be all that "lost"! ;)

    It could be useful to have a GPS on the iTouch if you had an app which had all the maps for the country/locale you're in available offline; but this app (GPSKits) would still be pretty useless.
  23. Lestat macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2008
    I fixed GPS problem with this app.

    I can't use GPS on 3G.

    but after using this app, GPS on 3G works great...

    maybe my GPS is not initialised and this app did it...
  24. ImageWrangler macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2007
    upstate New York
    Odd, I'm having a hard time taking my car when hiking, the park rangers keep yelling at me, that said, the body shop has appreciated all my business. Also while kayaking I've found it hard to put my car on top of my kayak and, the one time I did without it flipping over, for some reason the speedometer read "0" the whole way and the odometer never moved either. You, bbplayer, must have a pretty nifty car that you can take everywhere, how big is it? Must be small. And where can I buy one (for less than $199 please)?
  25. 150hp macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2004
    Door County, WI, USA
    Yes, because this app doesn't need the internet to run.

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