iPad Mini 2

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

  1. Olddawgsrule macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2016
    New here looking for answers.
    Just bought the Ipad Mini 2 with retina display.
    Says it's running 9.3.2
    My Phone says it's running 9.3.3

    I have to be missing something here, because I can't run the same apps on both..
    In particular, and most important, offline maps.. (gone through a few 3rd party programs now..)
    So easy with my phone.
    Wish it was so with my Ipad Mini 2, kinda the reason I bought it..

    There must be a greater difference then what I'm seeing in the IOS between the two besides x.x. 2 to 3..

    Sorry for being new, but can you explain this is?
  2. hiddenmarkov, Aug 9, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2016

    hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2014
    You'd have to write your apps devs and ask them probably. I don't have apps in this area....but in all others 100% functionality is across both platforms offline/online. edit: minus upload feature to say dropbox ofc if offline ofc

    Or get the pad up to latest and see if changed.

    And to test true offline, put your iphone into airplane mode a good while and see how those map apps work if not done so yet. Airplane mode will kill all networking. So you can see what happens when truly offline.

    You may have a few "offline capable" apps act different like this. Stands out on the ipad since it can be truly offline more. for some commonality you'd have to do the same with the phone. No cell, no data, no wifi. Does your app work the same? Airplane mode makes this happen. As an iphone app will find a way to be online if any connection exists I have found. You need the phone completely cut off from the grid and see how it works.
  3. Olddawgsrule thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2016
    If I'm reading this correct.. It's the same OS on the platforms. Chips may be different and updates may not be the same, yet if an app works on my phone, then it should work the same way on my Ipad Mini 2.

    Thank you!
  4. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Wifi model iPad doesn't have the GPS chip required for navigation. You need to buy the wifi+4G/LTE model to get navigation functionality.
  5. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2014

    That would make sense. never had one to test. usually get the wifi only and tether. More cost effective for me as I can tether a few devices, ipad or MBP, away from home.
  6. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    There are iPad-only apps, iPhone-only apps, and Universal apps that work on both. Some iPhone-only apps can be used on the iPad in a scaled graphics mode. You seem to be assuming that all apps are Universal, which is not true.

    Even Universal apps, which work on both tablets and phones, might look or work different depending on which device it is installed on.
  7. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I think that these two posts explain everything. It has nothing to do with the fact that the two devices are running slightly different versions of iOS 9. In fact, you should be able to upgrade them both to 9.3.4 now.
  8. Olddawgsrule thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2016
    Makes sense for turn by turn, but no GPS offline without data?
    I tried my offline maps on Google and no go.. Still doing something wrong.
    Probably not saving them right. I'm working on this..
    Tomorrow on my way in to work I plan to try the new Program Maps.me and see what that does.

    The Mini has become a challenge I need to work through.
    The phone has been great on and off-line.
    I hope it can do the same.

    I have hiking apps, boating apps, nav apps I have used on my phone for years on & offline.
    In and out of my Country of home.
    I hope this Ipad can do the same as they (Apple) said it could..
    I really want to be happy with this!
    --- Post Merged, Aug 11, 2016 ---
    Guess I miss quoted.. meant it to come back to you.

    Mini 2 has a GPS chip.. right?
    It how to make it function, no?

    If it doesn't, I'm bringing it back...
  9. Ledgem macrumors 65832


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    If it's the wifi-only version, then it doesn't have a GPS chip. If it's the cellular version, then it does have GPS. That's true regardless of what generation or model of iPad that you buy.

    Although as others have said, it's not entirely clear that the possible lack of a GPS chip explains why you can't even load a map. You won't be able to have GPS functionality even if you are able to load the map, though.
  10. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    The GPS chip is part of the $129 upcharge in buying the cellular model. Wifi only model doesn't have GPS because GPS is part of the cellular module.
  11. Olddawgsrule thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2016
  12. Olddawgsrule thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2016
    I bought the BadElf!
    Read a few reports on it and find it has a better GPS than Apple offers.

    At first I wasn't sure about an add-on, but as I thought about it, with an extension Lighting cord, this receiver goes on the dash and my IPad goes were I want it out of the sun. If I want, plug it straight into the Lighting port. Ya, I'm okay with.this add-on =, I can see plus's now.

    One report says it works well with Skipper (my Marine app of choice) and another says it work well with Map.me (which I've download) for road navigation. Yet another talked about it working well (better than the Apple GPS) for Geochashing (another fun hobby of mine. He actually has the cellular IPad and bought this to improve capability).

    Comes in this Sunday and I'll update my thoughts on it then.
    I'll compare it against my IPhone.

    $99 on Amazon. Less than the upgrade and supposedly better.
    We shall learn.

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