Will a compass app work on AW2?

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

  1. chiefs1968 macrumors member

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

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    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

    Julien

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    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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