maps functionality with wifi off

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by rbroady, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. rbroady macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    Ok I understand that maps will not be able to locate you without wifi.

    but what about using the actual application. do the maps load from the touch's memory, or does it load over wifi?

    Im guessing the maps are stored on the touch but i just want to make sure before i spend my $20

    Thanks for the help

  2. vfortier macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2005
    Everything is on Google servers so Yes, you need Wifi connected to use it... but it works great in Montreal Canada!
  3. Hls811 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    Nope - only your last place of connection will be displayed (regular Map only, Not Satellite View) - you can't do a search of a new location offline.
  4. ajthomason macrumors 6502

    Sorry to disappoint you, but the maps are downloaded from google, and are not stored on the touch. However, if you plan a route while connected to WiFi, and then disconnect, it will save all the maps required for the route.

    (this is true for a jailbroken 1.1.1 with iPhone maps, i have upgraded to 1.1.3 and bought the new apps but have not tested it fully)

    EDIT: Posted at the same time as the other 2, so they have answered the question.
  5. andi030 macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2007
    That is kinda tricky (had a jailbrocken one)

    Well with the Jb one it was that way the the already seen map parts are saved but i really dont know for how long , maybe for 24 or 48h.
    BUT you are only able to see (w/out wifi) exactly what you have "downloaded" with wifi only the same zoom (also a bit lesser zoom i believe)

    That also with the list (for the rout planing)
    the list is also for a specific time readable w/out Wifi...

    hope that the info your seeking.
  6. rbroady thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    thanks for the help

    seems like a pointless app for the touch.

    if im lost and need directions, im obviously not near a wifi connection in which i know passwords too.

    how much memory could that data actually take up?
  7. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    I don't think that you are "obviously" away from WiFi if you're lost. Lots of McDonald's have free WiFi, as do many truck stops, coffee shops, etc. If you're lost you can stop look yourself up, get a map and directions and continue on. I'll agree it's not AS useful as it is on the iPhone, but it's not pointless at all.

    Map data, btw, is pretty big... maybe 2 or 3gb for all the main roads in the US. I do suspect, though, that once the SDK is out some GPS/mapping software company will sell an offline map application for the touch, if not a GPS add on as well.

    I'd happily pay $100 or so for a GPS add on with some decent mapping software.
  8. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    If you do something online, such as getting directions, the app will cache all of that offline for you to use.

    For example -- Before leaving home, you use Google Maps to get directions to a destination in another city. Turn off wifi, then try to use the turn-by-turn from Google Maps. It should work from cache. It does for me, at least.

    Beyond that, I'm not sure.

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