Real GPS Navigation w/ Voice Directions Coming?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by pcg, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. pcg macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2008
    When will someone release a real GPS navigation app? Is there a technical difficulty that's preventing something so common from being available? :confused:
  2. dZp macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2006
    Thank god someone finally brings up this subject... again.
  3. ilfn143 macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
    Enron by the Sea
  4. vandy1997 macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2007
    Cut and paste in 2009, MMS in 2010, GPS Navi with Voice in 2011. Those are estimates!
  5. pcg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2008
    Geez, thanks Vandy. And all the rest for the great (& helpful) info.
  6. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Here's the thing, we saw the application on the iPhone already. Apple is just being a b*tch and worrying about lawsuit concerns that can be solved by a simple splash screen when the app fires up. Additionally, this app would have to run in the background.
  7. Randman macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fla
    If it had been announced, don't you think there would be other threads on it?
    Really, take a second to think and another to search.
  8. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    I'm wondering if there's some sort of problem with Apple's GPS API being usable enough for accurate moving navigation.

    It you look at any of the many GPS tracking apps in the App store, most of them have problems with the consistency of their speed and direction reporting accuracy, sometimes dead on (e.g. knows which side of the porch I'm standing on), but occasionally way off. It's only annoying if the blue dot occasionally jumps sideways across the street on google maps. But if voice navigation software occasionally gets inaccurate speed and sideways direction data, that really creates a problem in generating correct voice directions promptly enough.

  9. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    This is almost certainly -not- the reason that the app hasn't appeared yet.
  10. pcg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2008
    I suspect "firewood" is correct. The internal GPS sensor may be too insensitive to accurately provide directions.
  11. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Anyone using the GPS knows its very basic, and not very accurate all the time. Riding the on the highway, it sometimes tells me im 200 yards off the road. The dot doesnt even move all the time and then plays catchup. Its good for cities etc when you are lost, but other than that, get a garmin or tomtom.
  12. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    The iPhone's GPS antenna isn't big enough to handle/calculate direction/heading accurately. Heck, if it can't find your location to within 5 meters, i'm not so hopeful about a direction, which is vital for turn-by-turn navigation.
  13. pcg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2008
    Yes, best "accuracy" I've had is 56 feet. And too often the lock fades or disappears, sometimes for minutes at a time. Then comes back--w/ an accuracy of +/- a couple hundred feet. Not a good sign for those of us who have been counting on a clean app to replace the Garmin.

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