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iPhone 4s location wrong... Why?

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jaked1991 Calculating status...
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Nov 4, 2011 2:47 AM

My location on my 4s is completely out, it says I'm about 30 miles away from where I actually am.  It does this 90% of the time! And I'm not sure what I can do to fix it.  My iPad 2 and other family members iPhone 4 on the same wifi etc. doesn't have any prOblems with this.

iPhone 4S, iOS 5
  • richardfrommatlock Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2011 12:40 PM (in response to jaked1991)

    Mine too, I keeps saying I am in Manchester! Does anyone know if this is a fault?

  • Sandy from NZ Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2011 9:46 PM (in response to jaked1991)

    I have an iPhone 4 and my location for weather changes to places a few kilometres away from me, is this a problem with IOS 5 rather than the iPhone 4s?

  • richardfrommatlock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2011 11:59 PM (in response to Sandy from NZ)

    No it is definitely something to do with the 4S not IOS5. I gave my iphone 4 to the girlfriend when I got my 4S and that is on IOS5 and never has any location problems whatsoever nor does my daughters 3GS that is on IOS5!

  • Sandy from NZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 11, 2011 12:31 AM (in response to richardfrommatlock)

    Thanks Richard for your comment, unfortunately I am still having problems with my location and the weather on my iPhone 4.  I would be interested to hear if any other iPhone 4 users have this same problem.

  • richardfrommatlock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 11, 2011 12:46 AM (in response to Sandy from NZ)

    I have done some tests with MotionX GPS (you can choose between WiFi Triangulation or GPS) and the problem occurs when there is no GPS signal and the phone is using WiFi triangulation, I registered my wifi mac address with Skyhook and now my location at home is a lot better although it still puts me in Trafford sometimes, it seems as though when it can't find my location with WiFi triangulatioin or GPS it just puts me in a default location rather than leaving me where I was last until it can get a proper fix. So maybe it is an IOS5 problem but it doesn't appear to be happening to everyone?

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    Nov 11, 2011 2:19 AM (in response to jaked1991)

    I'm having a similar issue but my location on the map is accurate but the address it gives me is wrong and doesn't exist and names a neighboring city instead. It is happening with two brand new iPhone 4s'.

  • richardfrommatlock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 13, 2011 7:44 AM (in response to rxna_v)

    I have updated my phone to IOS5.01 and it hasn't made any difference to my location services. They are still wrong and putting me in Manchester instead of Matlock until I get a GPS signal.

    I am seriously thinking of taking it back and seeing if a new one will work correctly.

  • richardfrommatlock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2011 1:32 AM (in response to jaked1991)

    Does anyone know how we ask Apple about this?

  • Dougmorton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 2:16 PM (in response to jaked1991)

    The same thing is happening to me, my iPhone 4S gives me a location about 50 miles away from me! It must be an issue with the 4S and not iOS 5 'cause my iPhone 4 and iPad are both giving an accurate location. I'm gonna take my iPhone to the Apple store on Sunday and ask them to take a look at it. (However, knowing my luck it will work just fine in the store)

  • richardfrommatlock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 11:58 PM (in response to Dougmorton)

    Well I phoned Apple support and they sent me to the store at Meadowhell, they didn't have any idea about the problem but replaced my iphone 64gig 4S with a new one. When I got home and tried it the problem with the location services was still there, i.e. it locates me about 50 miles away in Manchester.

    It is definitely a 4S problem as the other iPhones in the house don't have this problem, also the location services work correctly if I put the phone in flight mode, turn WiFi on and turn the location services off and then on again so the phone is just using WiFi triangulaton, so it must something to do witht the way the 4S uses the phone masts to determine location.

    I am now currently doing some testing in conjunction with Apple's second line support, I will keep you informed.

    Top tip, if you are going to an Apple store make an appointment first as people that hadn't were queuing out of the door when I went.

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    Nov 27, 2011 3:19 PM (in response to jaked1991)

    Thought I'd just add my tuppence:

    I'm in Liverpool. Upgraded from a 3GS today - location detected fine connected to phone network & wifi or wifi alone - but 4S has my location as Stoke-on-Trent, about 50 miles away. If I reboot, it correctly pinpoints Liverpool, but loses it within minutes.

  • richardfrommatlock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:30 AM (in response to sam_c)

    @sam_c Hi Sam, if you put it in flight mode with WiFi on and connected, then turn location services off and back on again does it then get your location correct?

  • sam_c Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:42 AM (in response to richardfrommatlock)

    Hi Richard,

    I'm at work, at the moment (and with correct location on 3G & wifi, wifi only and 3G only...), but I'll give it a go when I get home. I think I did try it with the same result - wrong location, but I'll check again.

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