When will Apple Get Wise with GPS and the Notebook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by robotfist, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. robotfist macrumors member

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    GPS is found on the sub-1000 dollar iPad, when will we finally see it on a Macbook Pro or Macbook Air? Sites like YELP and Maps are almost annoying to use on the computer compared to the iPhone or iPad where you can just click a button and have your location instantly recognized.

    I own a Macbook Pro 17" that cost over 3 grand. When will Apple start sticking a GPS into these things? It's been too long!!
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    If your online google maps usually finds you to within a few foot. As for a true gps chip... Buy an iPad. Apple like many people don't see your average user walking down a strewn with there MacBook open for directions!
     
  3. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    You can buy a GPS unit and connect via USB or BlueTooth.

    That will not help you with websites, as the host application (browser) will not be receiving the coordinates. So Apple including an internal GPS unit will not help you. Most websites guess your location through your IP address.

    And note that the WiFi-only iPad does not have GPS.
     
  4. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    I wonder how Find My Mac will work without a GPS...
    Oh wait. It works fine!
     
  5. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    But he does make a nice point. Example, Find My Mac.
     
  6. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    Uses Wi-Fi location technology to approximate the location of the computer. It works fine, I'm using it right now.
     
  7. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    I know that, but it helps to have a GPS in it.
     
  8. Liquinn Suspended

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    The bottom line is, no matter what Apple do, people will always bitch about it.
     
  9. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    Wouldn't it be difficult to get a proper (satellite) GPS lock unless one has their MBP parked up close to a window anyway?
     

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