3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 11, 2013 4:13 PM by MartinB737
MartinB737 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Does the iPad Air LTE support GLONASS navigation system as well? If yes, is this the  first iPad to do so?

I am contemplating about getting  the LTE version, if the GPS chip has been somehow improved (compared to the older model). Otherwise, I am going to get the wifi only version+ an external GPS.

Please help me decide!

iPad, iOS 7.0.3
  • 1. Re: iPad Air - GPS/GLONASS
    Christian A. Burkert Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

    hi there,


    yes, GLONASS is supported.


    Hope this helps,



  • 2. Re: iPad Air - GPS/GLONASS
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    GLONASS capability started in the 3rd gen (cellular) iPad, so I have to believe it is still a feature in the (cellular) Air even though the tech specs don't mention it specifically.


    I don't know that there's been any improvement in GPS/ GLONASS performance (not that any was needed) but I'd say having the integrated capability is superior to having some add-on device, which may bring the Wi-Fi model's price right up to the cellular model.

  • 3. Re: iPad Air - GPS/GLONASS
    MartinB737 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for all the inputs so far! According to this article an external GPS (garmin, dual, bad elf) is more reliable/consistent than the internal, at least in the air (aviation). Price of an external unit is on par or even less than the in-built gps.