Will a compass app work on AW2?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by chiefs1968, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. chiefs1968 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2016
    Hey, just curious but with GPS on board on the AW 2...will a compass app work on the watch?
  2. KrisLord macrumors 65816

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    No it wouldn't.

    A compass should show you which direction your facing, which GPS doesn't know, it's location only.

    The best GPS can manage would be direction of travel.
  3. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    A digital compass requires a Hall Effect chip and the :apple:Watch doesn't have one. As KrisLord stated GPS just locates your point. If moving point to point GPS can calculate your direction of travel but once you stop it is blind to the direction you are facing.

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