Question about the Apple Watch 3 GPS + GLONASS connectivity

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Phily, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. Phily macrumors member

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    Hi,

    does anybody know if the Apple Watch 3 works as a GPS + GLONASS "receiver" for the iPhone?
    I use some apps to track my flights with my iPhone (CloudAhoy e.g.). As I store my iPhone in a sidepocket or the seatpocket of the Cessna 172 the connectivity is not always the best.
    My thoughts are that if the Apple Watch 3 works as a GPS/GLONASS receiver for the iPhone there would be a better signal and a better tracking as the watch has a direct visabilty to the sky through the windscreen or the side windows all the time.

    Thanks and kind regards!
     
  2. TScottTX macrumors member

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    From the Tech Specs on Apple site:

    Series 3 GPS
    • Built-in GPS and GLONASS
     
  3. mk313 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know for sure, but I'd suspect not. Apple does everything they can to squeeze extra battery life out of the watch, including using the phones gps when available. So I doubt they would allow the watch gps to send data to the phone, as it would run down the battery pretty quickly.
     
  4. Phily thread starter macrumors member

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    mk313, that makes sence ...
    Maybe it would work if I'd use a decent Apple Watch app for tracking and turn the iPhone into flightmode. Unfortunately the apps I use for tracking doen't have a decent Apple Watch version :(
     

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