iPad cellular for navigation

Discussion in 'iPad' started by abba875, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. abba875 macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2016
    The iPad Pros have a GPS antenna, so I'm sure they can be used for navigation and positioning. My question is for that use, would you be burning data minutes?
  2. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
    It depends what app you use. If it's an offline app, no. Most apps, however, connect to the Internet real-time.
  3. off_piste macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2015
    You can download maps in Google maps for offline use.
  4. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    You can use it - I've found that the additional detail can be helpful at times, but most of the time a phone is sufficient.

    Yes, you will be using data just like you would be if you use your phone.
  5. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    More likely than not, navigation will use data but it'll be fairly minimal. We always use the iPad instead of our iPhones for GPS. Battery life is just so much better on the iPad (even against 6+/6s+) and we tend to conserve our iPhone batteries in case we need it for emergency communication.
  6. Bromio macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    I always use my iPad for navigation and the data usage is quite low.
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    If you set your route whilst on wifi it'll cache the route, the only data use will then be if you have traffic routing selected or if you turn of and adjust your route.
  8. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    Examples of apps that support download and local storage of full map sets such that no mobile data is needed for offline use are Sygic & maps.me. I've found both to work well on my (LTE) Air 2.
  9. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    I used Apple Maps on a couple holidays in Europe, and if you only use the map view and not satellite view the data consumption is really low. Maps replaced older offline map apps on our devices at least.
  10. Olddawgsrule macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2016
    I've tried this on my Mini 2 and can not..
    Very disappointed in this.

    Maybe doing something wrong??
    Everything I've read is that it's not an option on the Mini...
  11. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
  12. Y2JDMBFAN macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2007
    I use my Mini 2 w/ cellular for Navigation daily. It works great.
  13. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    If you use apps like tomtom for road navigation, you download the maps you need when you have wifi. The only data you'll use is traffic information and that is really low (kb's perhaps some Mb's).

    Google maps could perhaps work the same, I haven't tried that, but if you work with online satellite maps it will burn much more data.
  14. Cordorb macrumors regular

    May 8, 2010
    You can always turn off Cell and try it

    I never bothered to get a cell contract with mine

    Navigon has downloadable maps for the USA version and you can download state by state if you need to save space.
  15. Olddawgsrule macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2016
    I've downloaded the maps, but they don't seem to come up..
    Good God I sound like a Newbie...

    This all works on my phone, but I've yet to make it happen on the Mini 2..

    I can see they've been downloaded..
    How the heck do you activate them?
    Shouldn't that just happen??
    What setting do I need to change??
  16. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    I use google maps on my iPad mini. The larger screen makes it nicer for GPS. The data usage is modest.
  17. Olddawgsrule macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2016
    On the other thread I've learned there's no GPS chip in the wireless only Mini.
    I've looked up the spec's and believe the add-on by BadElf is better than Apple's for a few dollars less.
    Anyone one here have experience with this unit?

    I ended up purchasing it on Amazon along with an Lighting extension cord.
    This way the Ipad can be in the shade and only the receiver exposed.
    3 reviews convienced me due to they use the same apps I do: Active Captain (Marine Nav), Geochashe and Maps.me off-line.
    All 3 of these I use on my phone now.

    I'll be very happy if it works as stated. Bigger screen and more accurate..

    I get it Sunday and will update when I have the chance to try it out.
  18. Olddawgsrule macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2016
    Have it in hand now. Works great on maps.me! Voice Turn by Turn with off-line map.
    Not getting Google maps work as well. Stays with me okay,directions don't update.
    Shame Maps.me doesn't have satilite view.

    About to load a map in my Geochashe program and give that a run.
    That will be a real good test for accuracy.

    The unit is small and connects nicely into the lighting port.
    The charger cord is a mini usb type, shame they couldn't stay with Lighting. Now I'll have two charge cables to do deal with. The IPad will charge through the connection using their supplied cord, but since it won't always be used, ya the reason for traveling with two different cords. First minor Con I have on the unit.

    Second minor Con would be battery draw. Much more than I thought.
    Yet for what it's doing, What else should I have assumed
    Didn't time it, probably should, but 30-40 minutes of use, lost about 10% battery.
    In the Boat or car, I'll have it plugged in (as I do with the phone), in the field, well is what it is I guess.
    Really don't recall the draw on the phone for period of time. Heck, could be about the same...
  19. mk313 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2012
    Also the Here Maps app (used to be Nokia Here) works great without data, as long as you download the maps that you need beforehand & turn on offline use. I've used it several times when traveling with no issues.

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