True North or Magnetic North on the compass..

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by duelingdragons, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    I live in Orlando, have for a while, so I know my cardinal directions pretty much anywhere I am.. magnetic north seems to be more true to my "inner" compass, so I guess that's the one I should be using?

    God I'm a nerd.
     
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Considering I-4 East goes North through downtown, anything in Orlando can be up for debate...direction-wise. :D
     
  3. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeahhhhhh, lol.

    Well, its more northeast, but its still stupid, lol.
     
  4. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    I have a decent "internal compass". When I moved here, I referred to things (like Altamonte) and being "north on I-4". The puzzled looks I got, now in retrospect, were priceless.
     
  5. Morgo macrumors member

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    As far as I'm aware, it's a proper magnetometer, hence it should point to magnetic north.

    (am prepared to be corrected on the magnetometer point!)
     
  6. fabianvs macrumors regular

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  8. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816

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    True north is magnetic north adjusted for your declination.
     
  9. Scorch07 macrumors 6502

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    Haha yeah.

    Seriously though, I'm not sure which is really "better" or more practical, but I'll probably keep it on true just because... well... it's true haha.
     
  10. adster macrumors regular

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    Yeah, how was Millenia this year?

    I got my 3G at Millenia last year. Was actually not a bad process! My 3G was the only one in the store that activated and one of the staff members leaned over and said "If I were you, I'd get out of here as soon as possible." and laughed.

    This year, I got mine at The Grove in Los Angeles. (not that anyone really cares :p)
     
  11. w3cum macrumors regular

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    Being on the East Coast True North and Magnetic North are so close it shouldnt matter....

    West Coast people have more of a difference. I think its up to 6 degrees of declination.

    try them both and see which works best for you.....

    I doubt I will see anyone actually breaking out topographocal map and orienting it off their iPhone....

    and if you are.... well for gods sake buy a $15 silva compass and save your battery
     

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