Offline GPS/map

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Tradewind, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. Tradewind macrumors member


    Apr 15, 2009
    Are there any offline GPS or regional maps in iTunes store? Global ones only please (most I found are only USA or Canada -.-; ), or at least ones that cover major cities. I will be traveling to Europe next week, and China next month. Since most areas outside do not have wifi, it would be useful to have an offline GPS that only utilizes the GPS chipset, or at least a regional map of the area, showing where I am, the public transit system, major locations, etc.
  2. stofferdk macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2007
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I jailbroke me iphone for that only reason - GPS when abroad.

    Jailbreak, download the maps to your phone before leaving.

    Restore when you get home :)
  3. diesel macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2007
    London Mini A-Z is a must have if you plan on visiting London. It provides you with a very detailed completely offline map of London. I used to live/work in London and traveled frequently there on business prior to living there and when I came back to NYC and i used to carry around the paper version of London A-Z and it was invaluable. With the iphone version, it's even better since the GPS will tell you where you are and that's what I use now. Visual IT also has Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Birmingham Mini A-Z versions as well, not to mention their Tube programs for european cities that provides subway/tube information. I have that for both London and NYC now.

    Keep in mind that if you do go from one region to another, i.e. NYC to London for example, the GPS might not be able to pinpoint your location prior to it timing out. Without getting into technicals, suffice it to say, the best thing to do once you hit a foreign city a far distance from where you last used your GPS, it will help tremendously if you connect to WIFI (wifi hotspot or hotel room) and then activate the GPS so that it will know your approximate location based on the router. Then outside, the GPS will know where to "look" for best satellite reception and you should be able to get a GPS fix then. Without doing this, you most likely won't get a GPS fix.
  4. Tradewind thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 15, 2009
    Thanks for the suggestions!
    I won't be traveling to London though x3 I'll be traveling to Italy, Rome, Tunisia, and Monaco for Europe, and Beijing for China. I'll keep in mind for the wifi tip.
    For the jailbreak apps, can you suggest to me some useful GPS/map apps?

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