the iPad Wifi Model has GPS

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  1. saving107 macrumors 603

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    I was under the impression from browsing the iPad Tech Specs that only the iPad Wifi + 3G model would have GPS, but as soon as my iPad finished syncing I started using Maps, then I hit 'locate me' and it gave me an exact location. thinking that it was because I was on Wifi, I went for a walk a couple of block away from my house, hit Locate Me again in Maps, and again it gave me an exact location again even without Wifi.

    Has anyone else tried the 'Locate Me' feature in their Maps, how accurate is it.

    I was expecting this,
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    but got this, and as I walked, it followed my every turn.
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  2. tflight macrumors newbie

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    And none of your neighbors have Wifi that it would be locating from?
     
  3. iParis macrumors 68040

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    No, it doesn't have a GPS. It bounces of signals from other Wi-Fi connections, whether your connected or not. This is the case with the iPod touch.
     
  4. aaquib macrumors 65816

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    Wow, that's weird! Can anyone else confirm this? How did the iPad load the maps as you were moving along?

    Really cool, if true.
     
  5. Squid7085 macrumors 6502a

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    I have found the whole skyhook wifi location thing to be extremely accurate in densely populated areas. Even in my suburban home, it places me very close my actual position. Go out to a field and see if it locates you. ;)
     
  6. lotusindigo macrumors regular

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    Oooh. That's even more reason for me to get WiFi only iPad. I live in the city, never too far from a hotspot.
     
  7. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

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    I can only confirm to the extent that when I used maps it found the almost exact location of my house. I'm guessing it was through some sort of wifi triangulation thing though, not gps. Yet its pretty accurate nonetheless.
     
  8. saving107 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I have an iPod touch and it doesn't locate me as good as the iPad did (side by side)

    I could be wrong about the GPS, but I'm still impressed at the accuracy of Maps.
     
  9. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

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    Someone could easily test this by trying to use an iphone app that requires gps on their iPad.
     
  10. firewood macrumors 604

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    No GPS!

    Location services and the Maps app use wifi triangulation, which works well if you are near 3 or more wifi access points (neighbors, nearby businesses, etc.) that skyhook has logged.

    Go somewhere where there is zero wifi signal and you will find out for sure.
     
  11. drcory macrumors newbie

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    Seems to work!

    I too tried the built-in maps and it located me precisely. So did the apps Around,e and MotionXgps. I think GPS is a go on these wifi models

    Cory
     
  12. sassenach74 macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    Couldn't you just try it with Wi-Fi switched off??!!??
     
  13. skestes macrumors member

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    Turn off WiFi and load MotionX GPS to fully test?
     
  14. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    lol. did you ever hear of the iPod touch? It works the same way and no, it doesn't have a radio chip.
     
  15. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    Someone needs to do this! Huge bonus if the wifi model has gps.
     
  16. aiongiant macrumors 6502a

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    oooo very curious!
    even assisted gps would be pretty cool
     
  17. cmaier macrumors G4

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    You only need to be near 1 wifi access point for it to locate you (within the range that access point). 3 or more just lets in narrow it down to a much more precise point.
     
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  19. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

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    Whether connected or not? If not, then how would it load the data to display the maps?
     
  20. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    The ifixit teardown don't show a gps, so it's probably not there after all.
     
  21. vant macrumors 65816

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    It's called Assisted GPS and it is not sufficient for navigation programs.

    The 3G + WiFi will have a real GPS.
     
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  23. cmaier macrumors G4

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    No, it's not assisted GPS. It's wi-fi triangulation. And assisted GPS is perfectly sufficient for navigation programs and is, in fact, just as accurate as regular GPS and typically able to lock on to a signal faster than regular GPS.
     
  24. saving107 thread starter macrumors 603

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    So I decided to go for another test. so it may not be GPS, but I think its good enough, at least for my test walk.

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