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Stasis88 Level 1 (5 points)
The tech specs page shows no GPS on the Wifi model, is this true? If so that is absolutely ridiculous, why would they leave out the GPS from the WiFi model???

iOS 4
  • caryrae Level 1 (145 points)
    It's the same with the original iPad too no gps in wifi only models.
  • King_Penguin Level 10 (120,009 points)
    The original Wifi iPad didn't have GPS either - I guess that including it would have increased its price and prevented it being the same price as the original.
  • romad Level 3 (605 points)
    I believe that the GPS is part of the same chip module as the 3G radio.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,645 points)
    iOS devices with GPS use what is called assisted GPS because there are situations when GPS devices cannot connect to a satellite. A-GPS uses cellular towers as part of the system. A wi-fi only iPad does not have this capability.


  • carl wolf Level 6 (14,625 points)
    "...that is absolutely ridiculous, why would they leave out the GPS from the WiFi model???"

    It's functionality is identical to the original iPad.
  • Aepple Level 1 (15 points)
    Why put GPS on a WiFi only iPad, at face value it's not a mobile operational device, GPS Apps are available if you have a hotspot cell phone/device. The downside to hotspots is GPS will use a ton of data during your trip, and most people who need GPS will use their cell phone, or a 3G iPad which will allow a larger data allotment.

    WiFi only iPads are for stationary use, I use my cell as a hotspot if I need to check my email or use the Internet in a pinch (no wifi available).
  • snowshine Level 1 (45 points)
    Hi David
    Do you know if GPS is used it will be charged for the services through 3G account?

    I do not own an iPad. I very much want the GPS and happy to pay the extra to obtain 3G version but would not likely to use paying 3G access/services to surf my mails or net.

    What I want to know: Is GPS access free on a 3G device?

  • lllaass Level 10 (175,648 points)
    I have a 3G iPad and never signed up for the data plan. The GPS works fine. Te GPS uses satellites, not a 3G connection.
  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 (10,505 points)
    The WiFi only model can still get a location using WiFi base stations.
  • Rudegar Level 7 (25,435 points)
    "Hi David
    Do you know if GPS is used it will be charged for the services through 3G account?"

    3g is a landbased service with antennas located in towers and on buildings

    gps is a satellite 1 way receiving connection which can't be charged for by anybody unless America change it and encrypt the signals rendering all gps devices out useless so doubt that will happen

    but if you don't have a gps program with offline maps you will be charges for all the maps you download over 3g as you drive
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 (9,330 points)
    Even though you have no data plan, the 3g still connects to the cellular service and can use assisted gps.

  • Wallace Mac Level 1 (0 points)
    Online Apple Store says that BOTH the Wi-fi and 3G models have GPS receivers, but need to be connected to internet in order to produce output.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,645 points)
    Can you provide a link? That is not what the specs page says under location;

    Digital compass

    Digital compass
    Assisted GPS
  • deggie Level 9 (52,647 points)
    I find no where that it says both have GPS receivers. The WiFi+3G shows "Assisted GPS", the WiFi does not. Can you post a link where it says both of them have GPS receivers?
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