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Does iPad 2 WiFi Really Have No GPS???

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  • GZukes Level 4 Level 4 (1,565 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 6:27 AM (in response to equant)

    The bottom line is that an iPad WiFi only model doesn't have a GPS chip.  The iPad may be able to locate your location, but probably wouldn't be too accurate and would not be very good with navigation apps.  If you want to use a WiFi only iPad for navigation, 1. get an app that stores the maps on the iPad or you will need to connect it to a mobile hotspot device or tether it to a cell phone. 2. Get an external GPS device such as a Bad Elf GPS, or a Dual Bluetooth GPS.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 7:36 AM (in response to GZukes)

    This is unbelievable.  Twenty-four pages of posts to say "The WiFi-only iPad does not have GPS."

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    Apr 1, 2013 3:13 AM (in response to Maflagulator)

    I just went for a walk around the block with my iPad 2 and I left my phone at home. With the GPS app that I have, it followed me all the way around the block with NO WI-FI signal at all. It wasn't that percise, but it worked. The Ipad must have a GPS or this wouldn't have worked.

  • tonefox Level 5 Level 5 (7,680 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 3:22 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    Philly_Phan wrote:

     

    This is unbelievable.  Twenty-four pages of posts to say "The WiFi-only iPad does not have GPS."

    Almost as unbelievable as yet another flat-earther tries to recycle the whole darn thread again. It must be the date.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 6:23 AM (in response to CraigTube)

    CraigTube wrote:

     

    I just went for a walk around the block with my iPad 2 and I left my phone at home. With the GPS app that I have, it followed me all the way around the block with NO WI-FI signal at all. It wasn't that percise, but it worked. The Ipad must have a GPS or this wouldn't have worked.

    Repeat after me:

     

    The WiFi-only iPad does not have GPS.

    The WiFi-only iPad does not have GPS.

    The WiFi-only iPad does not have GPS.

  • CraigTube Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 6:51 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    Well then how did it work for me going around the block? Should a make a video? I would be happy to.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,545 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 7:04 AM (in response to CraigTube)

    One thing that you might do is go to Settings/WiFi and walk a different route and watch all of the wifi networks that your iPad makes contact with as you walk around. Then turn the wifi off and walk yet a third route and see if the iPad "follows" your route. If it doesn't know where your are the 3rd time with wifi turned off, you have your answer.

     

    As stated more than once in this thread, the wifi only relies on a data base of "known" wifi networks to establish where it is.

    Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), iPad 4, iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1)
  • CraigTube Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 7:09 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    I'm sorry. 24 pages of posts is a lot to read through. I'll turn off the wi-fi and go for another walkabout.

     

    cheers

  • CraigTube Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 7:14 AM (in response to Dah•veed)

    One of the reasons I don't normally do forums. People expect newcomers to read the entire forum before posting something. I simply went for a walk with my wi-fi ipad and it tracked me. Just like I descovered that the ipad speaker system is actually stereo, I thought I had run across something to help people. Yet people get mad at you because you came in late in the game and didn't read 24 bloddy pages of posts. Geesh.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 7:19 AM (in response to CraigTube)

    CraigTube wrote:

     

    One of the reasons I don't normally do forums. People expect newcomers to read the entire forum before posting something.

    Well, it would have been nice had you read some of it instead of just blasting out your flat-earth theory.  The WiFi-only iPad does not have GPS.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,465 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 8:19 AM (in response to CraigTube)

    CraigTube wrote:

     

    One of the reasons I don't normally do forums. People expect newcomers to read the entire forum before posting something. I simply went for a walk with my wi-fi ipad and it tracked me. Just like I descovered that the ipad speaker system is actually stereo, I thought I had run across something to help people. Yet people get mad at you because you came in late in the game and didn't read 24 bloddy pages of posts. Geesh.

    Because, when you don't read the entire thread, you run the risk of saying something that has been said numerous times, or, as in this case, not understanding what you're talking about and saying things that are simply wrong. It is standard forum (not just here, either) etiquette to read and understand before posting.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 8:25 AM (in response to CraigTube)

    "People expect newcomers to read the entire forum before posting something"

     

    No, but you should at least read the thread you post in.

     

    "Just like I descovered that the ipad speaker system is actually stereo"

     

    Except that it isn't. There is only one speaker on the iPad. It does play both l/r channels and the headphone output is stereo but a single speaker cannot be stereo.

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,675 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 8:30 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    I believe there are two small speakers under the single grill in an iPad.

     

    http://www.theipadguide.com/content/did-apple-fail-mention-ipad-stereo-speakers/ 7171197

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  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,330 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 8:58 AM (in response to paulcb)

    Other audio details provided by Apple include the following:

    - Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 9:22 AM (in response to paulcb)

    It's two speakers but only mono sound (both speakers have same output.).

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