How Will iOS 7 Location Features Work on iPod touch?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by hoodedwarbler12, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. hoodedwarbler12 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2012
    Several of the new features of iOS 7 seem to be geared for iPhone users only. For instance, moments in the Photos app sorts photos by location, but when the iPod touch isn't near any networks, how will it know the location? In Today, how will it know which routes are traveled without GPS? And how will the new compass work? I wish the iPod touch had GPS :(
  2. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    The photo will not have a location tag on it then. It will use wifi to tell location.

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  3. likethesoup2 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2011
    Orlando, Florida
    You want GPS? It's really simple -- get an iphone.
  4. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Much the same way as iOS 6 does it. It uses the position of nearby Wi-Fi networks to determine location. Initially Apple used 'Skyhook Wireless'

    But now I believe Apple uses their own database of Wi-Fi networks.

    I encountered this issue when using iOS 5 on iPod Touch 4G. I was taking photos out and about and they were all tagged with locations which confused me, so I googled it and found the above.
  5. hoodedwarbler12 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2012
    I'm sorry I'm 15 and in high school with two siblings in college and my parents won't pay $40+ a month not to mention the cost of the phone itself just for me to have GPS when I already have the iPod touch 5. I don't even have a cell phone of my own at all. Please don't assume everyone can afford it just because you can.
    Oh okay, thanks for the information.
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California

    People here forget the MOST adults can't afford an iPhone. Yes many can. But simple cell phones can be dirt cheap. The prepaid phones have no contract you you only pay about 10 sets per minutes you use. Unless you are a teen age girl it would only cost less than $1 week to have a basic phone.

    What the iPod does is look at the relative signal strengths of nearby WiFi. It does not need to connect to WiFi. It figures that if the signal is good you must be close so it looks at which are strong and which are weak signals. It can sometimes be very accurate and other time "off" by a few miles.
  7. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    I'd like to know where you got that statistic from.
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    They use WLAN (iOS 6.x.x and older) access points. They do not support GPS-devices via Bluetooth (NMEA 0183 or other protocols). And btw, even cheap Samsung media players have GPS:

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