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iPhone 2.0 - Can't locate me in Google Maps

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SC::UK Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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Jul 11, 2008 2:56 PM
Has anyone else found that their original iPhones can no longer locate them using triangulation? I click on the "locate" button in Google Maps and it just sits there for minutes and never locates me on the map. Is this a bug, or a problem specific to my phone?
MacBook Pro 17", Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 5G iPod, iPhone, Time Capsule
  • Jeremy Echols Calculating status...
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    Jul 11, 2008 8:22 PM (in response to SC::UK)
    I need an answer to the same issue...I dont know whats going on with it. It seems like a minor issue, but this is something that I use a far amount! Especially right now since I am doing a road trip from Texas to Washington (state)!!! Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • the saintsman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 12, 2008 4:13 AM (in response to Jeremy Echols)
    Getting the same problem here - tried a complete restoration but no joy
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • tuffs Calculating status...
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    Jul 12, 2008 4:46 AM (in response to SC::UK)
    To be honest mine has never really located me anywhere near, I think the closest it ever got was 100miles... maybe us in the UK have a poorer network to locate ourselves
    Sony Vaio, Windows XP, iTunes 7.7 iPhone 2.0
  • nobblers Calculating status...
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    Jul 12, 2008 4:48 AM (in response to tuffs)
    This feature always worked fine for me with the old software. Upgraded to 2.0 last night. I live in West London and Google maps is now locating me in Kansas!!! What on earth is going on?
    Macbook 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • marvinyousry Calculating status...
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    Jul 12, 2008 4:48 AM (in response to SC::UK)
    this happened to me right after the 2.0 firmware upgrade. after it managed to locate me it then did it much faster the second, third, fourth time etc...
    HP, Windows Vista
  • tuffs Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jul 12, 2008 4:55 AM (in response to SC::UK)
    I've justed dropped a pin in my home location, right on my house in Hull, in google maps. I try to "locate" myself and it moves away to Sheffield. Is there anyway to improve the accuracy, like teach it where you are...?
    Sony Vaio, Windows XP, iTunes 7.7 iPhone 2.0
  • Jeremy Echols Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 12, 2008 7:12 AM (in response to nobblers)
    let me guess....Wichita, KS? Thats where it found me the one time that it found me....however, I'm not in Kansas haha...
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Jeremy Echols Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 12, 2008 7:13 AM (in response to marvinyousry)
    how long did you get it go to try to search until it found you?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Oliver Chaddock Calculating status...
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    Jul 12, 2008 7:18 AM (in response to SC::UK)
    Same problem here. Original iPhone upgraded to 2.0. When I ask gMaps to locate me 9 times out of 10 it just searches and searches endlessly. It did work once this morning when i was out, but then after that every time i try again it just shows me all blue instead of the map.

    Annoying, since it always used to work so well on version 1.x
    Powerbook 12", Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • mkoistinen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 12, 2008 7:43 AM (in response to SC::UK)
    Hi all. Same problem here. Even tried a full restore and re-install of 2.0 for my original iPhone. Faux-GPS used to work great, now the "locate me" icon just spins indefinitely without returning any result.

    I suspect that the faux-GPS servers are waiting on some form of authentication from an iPhone registry from Apple, but like many other iPhone-related services, these authentication servers are currently overwhelmed. 100% pure guess though.
    iPhone (original) v2.0 software, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • the saintsman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 12, 2008 10:19 AM (in response to SC::UK)
    Just been into my local Apple store (by the way I'm in the UK). Google Maps thought i was just off the coast of Alaska, whereas down the road in Starbucks it thought I was in a small village in Germany

    Demo'd it to one of the guys in the shop on my phone, a store demo phone & his own phone.... all gave the same result!

    Seeing a Genius tomorrow so if I learn anything I'll post here.

    Think what i'll learn is "erm, that's not right, think there's a generic fault"
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Nathan C Level 5 Level 5 (6,260 points)
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    Jul 12, 2008 10:27 AM (in response to SC::UK)
    SC::UK,

    This article has information on updating WiFi based location service results:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1753

    Hope this helps,

    Nathan C.
    iMac G5 17" (work), Mac OS X (10.5.3), iMac 20" Aluminum and Home built Win XP machine
  • the saintsman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 12, 2008 10:35 AM (in response to Nathan C)
    Thanks. However I was stood in the Apple Store using Apple's own Wifi..... perhaps someone at Apple should read it too!

    Also doesn't explain the complete failure when not on Wifi

    At least it means they know there's a fault though
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
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