iPad No GPS in WiFI Models?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jazwire, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    I know this was the case in older generations, but is it still the case?

    That only the cellular models have an actual GPS chip in them?
  2. Oui macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2012
  3. Marrakas macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2012
    Yup, only cellular, been like this in all ipads. I guess they had to do something to even try to justify that $130 premium.
  4. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2013
    Apple (and most if not all cell phones that have GPS) uses A-GPS (assisted GPS), which allows for quick startup (sat lock) by using your cellular data connection to request sat information relative to your current position (approx position info via cell towers). This allows the GPS software to lock onto sat signals that it knows about, rather than having to initialize and discover them on their own.

    That's why many standalone GPS receivers take a bit (1 or 2 min) to lock on enough satellites.

    So GPS comes with the cellular circuitry.
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Yep, the GPS hardware is part of the cell hardware (speaking generally, not sure if same chip or just associated). Wifi = no GPS hardware. It'll still locate based on wifi location services, but that's not actual GPS.

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