Still not sure, does iphone 3 have real GPS ?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by wyx2000, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. wyx2000 macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2011
    From what I read , Iphone 3 doesn't have GPS which rely on satellite. That is why company like TomTom sell GPS software for iphone with a special iphone holder with GPS chips in.

    But then what is NavUSA? it can be just installed on iphone to use.

    I am very confused, does iphone have GPS chips in?
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    With the exception of the Original iPhone (EDGE), the iPhone includes AGPS, which is just like regular GPS, with additional information coming from Cellular and WiFi triangulation. I believe the TomTom adapter is just a holder with additional GPS units for better accuracy.

  3. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The iPhone 3G, 3Gs, and 4 all have real GPS. Even though it is aGPS, it is the real thing.
  4. seajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    TomTom's car dock uses an antenna and receiver with a higher sensitivity and a clearer view of the sky than the iPhone by itself and can also be used with iPod Touch and even the iPad (with a dock extender).

    It also has a built in speaker for better turn by turn announcements.

    It works great, but is far from necessary to get your iP3 to do real GPS navigation.
  5. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Since it is Assited GPS, I think it's even better than a traditional GPS receiver. It can find a signal a lot faster due to using the cell signal as a guide. This is especially handy when you move a large distance between turning it off and on. The trade off is less accuracy, but for driving, do you really need to know if you are on the centerline or in the ditch?

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