Devices for navigation and location that make use of the data transmitted by the Global Positioning System, the network of satellite transmitters in orbit about the Earth

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Why does GPS on the iPhone use so much power?

I keep reading in articles that GPS on the iPhone, or any cell phone for that matter, uses a lot of power, but I've never heard an explanation of why. Why is this? The phone doesn't have to transmit ...
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Can iPhone 4 use GPS when out of cell tower range?

There seems to be some dispute on whether the iPhone can still get a GPS signal when out of cell tower range, see this archived Apple support thread, for example. I had a friend out in the woods ...
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Does airplane-mode disable GPS?

According to http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1355 airplane-mode on the iPhone shuts off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ...GPS. My understanding is that GPS-devices only /receive/ GPS signals, they don't ...
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Why does iPhone Maps app sometimes ask to enable Wi-Fi for “accuracy”, even though Location Services (GPS) is enabled?

Background: I have an iPhone 3GS with iOS 5.1, and a 3G data plan that I keep enabled. I also keep "Location Services" (GPS) always on, since I use applications that take advantage of it. However, I ...
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How does my iMac know my location in the maps app, given that I use a VPN that has my IP about 200 miles from where my address is?

I have an iMac (Mid 2011, if it matters) and I just installed Mavericks. When I launch the Maps app, it knows PRECISELY where I am, which I could certainly understand if it was using IP geolocation. ...
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Do two (or more) apps using GPS share the same location data stream?

When an app calls for GPS data, does it activate the GPS call itself and then when another app simultaneously running calls it does it make a separate call? Or when the second app accesses the GPS ...
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Does the iPod touch have a GPS?

Does the iPod touch have a GPS? If not how, does it know where it is and how dependable is it?
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Why did my iPhone's GPS tracking get so bad?

I started using the Nike+ GPS app on my iPhone 4 (not 4s) to track my running in summer 2011. The GPS measurement of runs was pretty consistent: runs on the same course would vary as much as a tenth ...
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Did Apple degrade the accuracy of the iPhone 4S GPS compared to the iPhone 4

I have done some extensive testing of my iPhone 4S compared to my iPhone 4 and found GPS accuracy has suffered substantially. I've been using the 4 for about a year, riding a bicycle on a 3 mile loop ...
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Is there an app to disable everything but GPS on iPhone?

I use my iPhone 4 as a GPS device when I go tramping, but since the phone is constantly searching for signal in remote locations it drains through the battery extremely quickly. The simple solution ...
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How is my iPod Touch able to determine my location when I'm offline?

When I'm traveling through a city, as long as there are wifi networks nearby (even if they are secured with a password), my iPod Touch can determine my current location with great accuracy—obviously ...
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will running Google Latitude (or any similar app) in the background significantly affect battery life?

I have installed Google Latitude and am wondering how much quicker my battery will run flat? I know the way Apple implemented its "mutitasking" framework minimises the impact?
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What is gs-loc.apple.com?

I have little snitch installed and every time I resume my macbook pro gs-loc.apple.com on port 443 wants to connect. I'm thinking it's to find your location so that iCloud can display it. the exec is ...
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Do location-aware apps work on the iPod touch?

A lot of iPhone apps use GPS positioning to provide services. However, the iPod touch does not have GPS capabilities, although it does have WiFi-based location services, if I'm not mistaken. Do ...
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when the GPS is enabled, does it drain battery?

if the GPS is enabled, but the app doesn't use it, does it drain battery? (I understand that GPS drains battery because it requires a different component to be charged up.) Or the fact that the GPS is ...
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iPhone app to follow/navigate an imported .gpx

Is there an iPhone app that allows one to follow an imported .gpx track, in a car navigation-like way? The apps I found so far, like Trails, can only display the track on a map. What I am looking for ...
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How accurate is the GPS chip in the iPhone 4?

I was just wondering what the published accuracy of the GPS chip in the iPhone 4 was...? I also understand that increased accuracy can be had if the hardware has WAAS capabilities. It is this true? ...
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Are there any GPS recording applications for the iPhone?

I was wondering if there was an iPhone application that would continuously reads the GPS location and saves them for later analysis. For example, I would like to be able to tell where I was at certain ...
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iPad 3G A-GPS without contract

Is A-GPS also working without an active 3G contract? Say I buy an iPad 3G with an operator SIM card in place but don't pay for 3G service, will A-GPS still work or not?
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iPhone: how to see if GPS is working

Is there a way where I can see if GPS is working? Or what the location service is using right now and why it is not using GPS? (Because the location service has become very inaccurate after a recent ...
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Concern with location sevices on previously owned iPad

I bought an iPad off of Craigslist, I wiped it clean and set it up as my own. Is there any way that the previous owner can view my location? Either with MobileMe or find my iPad?
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Sort photo collection from iphone into folders by year, month and city/region

I'm using Photostream to wirelessly sync the photos on my iPhone to my computer. In time my photo collection grew bigger and bigger and since Photostream just dumps everything into one folder I'm ...
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An iOS GPS application that shows satellite locations and lock-on details?

I'm a big fan of Kinetic and use it track my bike rides as well as map the local trails. Lately it's been giving me some grief though and telling me I have a weak GPS signal at the outset of rides. It ...
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What's a good sports tracker app for iPhone?

I'm looking for an app for tracking activities like walking, running or bicycling. Lots of people I know with Android or Nokia phones use such apps, but I don't know what's a good option for iOS. ...
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Can GPS be used by more than 1 app at a time

I'm looking at various apps which use GPS tracking, and was wondering if more than 1 app at a time was able to gain access to the GPS data? For example I might want to use one app with route planning ...
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iPhone EXIF/GPS Timestamp - Appears to be based on local settings?

I was under the impression that the iPhone received timestamps along with GPS location data. While I can't say its not true for the internal database, it seems to be for the EXIF data attached to ...
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Driving down the road and GPS works on iPod?

I was riding in the car today and the as I was traveling home, decided to pull up maps on the iPod. I know that GPS isn't used by iPod and uses wifi to triangulate it's position. However I wasn't ...
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Extract a GPS track (as .gpx) from a series of jpg photos

I have a bunch of .jpg photos containing GPS information. What is the easiest way to extract the GPS information and save it into a .gpx file (or .kml, for that matter)? I have seen this answer ...
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Why do only some images received via iMessage have GPS data?

I've noticed that only some of the images I receive from a friend of mine (who also has an iPhone 5) have GPS data. (I test this by saving the picture and using a photo app to read the metadata.) I ...
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Need offline iOS GPS app for Southeast Asia

Looking for recommendations for a good offline GPS tracker for SE Asia (Singapore, Cambodia, and Thailand, specifically). I was looking at Gaia GPS, but I can't quite tell from their site if they ...
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How to reset Wi-Fi location history

If I have understood correctly, iPhones use Wi-Fi points to locate themselves more quickly. I was working in one location and my company has now moved to a different location. I guess they brought ...
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iPhone 3G GPS is unreliable; seems to use assisted-gps only

A few months ago the GPS in my 3G has become really unreliable. The blue circle in google maps looks to be about 2 miles in diameter, and never shrinks to a pinpoint. Apps like RunKeeper can never ...
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How can I use iPhone GPS and share it with an OS X application to get live position on Mac?

How can I use iPhone GPS and share it with an OS X application to get live position on Mac? Note: I am looking for a way of seeing current location, live, in Google Earth, Google maps or something ...
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iPhone 4S loses GPS accuracy

My iPhone 4S is 2 years old. Today, the accuracy of the GPS is really bad. Before, it worked very well… I tried to restart but didn't help. Is there any way to know if this is a hardware error? I ...
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Is there a tool that allows for changing the time in a GPS file?

I have a GPS tracked stored in a GPX file. Now I'm looking for a tool that allows me to set the start time of the track and the duration, and the tool should automatically evenly distribute the ...
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iPhone app to show me my locations database

It seems that Apple stores GPS information (or GPS information of hot spots) in the iPhone/iPad, and a hacker invented a tool to show the info on Mac. I think this is a pretty useful feature for ...
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What location data will an Android phone provide to an iOS device that lacks GPS?

Will my iPad 4 Wi-Fi only (or an iPod touch) get live location data for navigation purposes if I connect to an Android mobile phone that is enabled as a Wi-Fi hotspot?
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Does a deactivated iPhone 4 still have GPS capability?

I just got my iPhone 5, and I deactivated my iPhone 4. I am wondering if I can keep my iPhone 4 as a iPod that I run with. Question is can, my Nike+ app still accurately track my runs? I would much ...
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Not charging iPhone when using GPS apps

I have GPS Drive App Motion X-GPS. I tried to use this app with my iPhone/iPad cigarette charger plugged in, but the battery is keep draining even with the charger to make this app almost useless for ...
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Is there Maps application on non-3G iPad 2?

As I know iPad 3G can define user's location using A-GPS module, and there is a Maps application which is closely related to this functionality. But can non-3G iPads define user's location basing on ...
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Is MotionX GPS capable of caching Google Maps Tiles?

I've read this post here: Saving Google Maps on iOS but it didn't mention anything about MotionX GPS caching Google Maps tiles. I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that it can cache proprietary tiles ...
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How can I tell when the iPhone is actively using GPS versus only using region monitoring?

I run Google Latitude on an iPhone 4 with background updates turned on. How can I distinguish between when it's actively grabbing the location vs when it's using region monitoring to wait for the ...
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Is adding a GPS cradle to the iPod touch worthwhile?

I am looking for a GPS that will guide me on hikes and travel from point A to point B without loss of signal in remote areas. I have found this accessory for the iPod touch that enables GPS location ...
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Turn off snap to road

Is it possible to turn off the snap-to-road functionality on an Iphone 5 (IOS7)? On my commute to work I ride on a bicycle path next to a highway. The problem is that the bicycle path does not exist ...
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How to manually edit locations in iPhoto 9.5 ('11) in a bigger window?

With the previous versions of iPhoto, I was used to add a location for an album or batch of pictures taken during the same outdoor trip (backcountry skiing or alpinism tour for instance). My camera is ...
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What iPhone maps app can I use if I don't have a SIM card?

I'm going to be using my iPhone overseas without a SIM card, but I want to use turn-by-turn navigation to walk and drive around. I'm willing to plot my route via wifi before I leave the house, but I ...
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What mapping application also leaves digital Breadcrumbs? [duplicate]

I've moved into a new area of the city and it would be nice to feel like I've explored the area properly. I'd like to be able to say that I've walked down every street within, say a mile. I'm looking ...
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Accesing iphone gps position from the macbook?

I observed that an ipad (wifi) connected to a personal hotspot made by an iphone does get also the GPS position. The question is how can I get this from a MacBook Pro? I would like to use it with ...
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Real tracking app for iPhone? [closed]

Is there an app that can tell me someone else's exact or general location by entering their phone number, no matter if they give permission or not? (Preferably not.) Or is there some other device, ...
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Can I have my iPhone navigate through my car's stereo?

Is there an iPhone navigation/GPS app that will announce the turn-by-turn directions through a car's stereo via bluetooth? I already have my iPhone synced with my car via bluetooth for calls, so I'm ...