5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 7, 2011 9:57 AM by rbrian Scotland
rbrian Scotland Level 2 Level 2

I just a bought an iPad 1 wifi. I set up find my iPad, and it works perfectly, the blue dot centred on my flat.  But how? There's no 3G, no gps, how does apple know where my wifi hotspot is?  Not that I'm complaining, it's brilliant, possibly even magical - but I want to know what's up the sleeve!


iPad, iOS 4.3.2, 64gb wifi
Solved by King_Penguin on Jun 7, 2011 9:48 AM Solved

Apple have a database of routers and their locations (they used to useSkyhook and Google for it, but it's now in-house). I've found this article about Apple's location data collection system here : http://www.pcworld.com/article/201486/apple_location_data_collection_policies_wh at_you_need_to_know.html and an Apple response to two Congressmen about Location based services here http://markey.house.gov/docs/applemarkeybarton7-12-10.pdf

Reply by rbrylawski on Jun 7, 2011 9:43 AM Helpful

Your ISP knows.  They know "everything"  LOL.  Your ISP is connecting to a satellite and your location can be pinpointed.  I don't think the average person can trace you.  Be grateful it can.  There are routers which are not able to trasmit locations and since you have a wifi only unit, Find Your iPhone wouldn't work, if the location can't be found....

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