I want to share live GPS data from an Android smartphone to my iPad (4th generation wifi-only). I've read about BTstacks and other jailbreak tweaks, but I don't want to jailbreak! I have also read that there are some GPS receivers that are compatible with the iPad, so I think that maybe there is a method to connect the phone to the iPad that would allow the iPad to recognize the phone as a compatible GPS Bluetooth receiver.

Is there a good way to share GPS signal without jailbreaking the iPad?

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    I'd say just try using the android phone as a Wifi hotspot. Jan 1, 2013 at 18:20

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"I'd say just try using the android phone as a Wi-fi hotspot" - Matthieu Riegler

Unfortunately tethering makes no difference, the iPad uses known Wi-fi locations in its database to locate you. your tethering location won't be recorded or used.

Source: 2 days of trying different techniques and looking up workarounds. If tethered to a phone with GPS, but otherwise in a Wi-fi black spot, location will not be detected.

Apple has specifically disabled the GPS part of the Bluetooth stack for their non-GPS enabled machines, and then licence special GPS systems that can pass the information.

a standard bluetooth GPS is about $20, an apple enabled one begins at around $120, at which point it is cheaper to get a wifi enabled ipad.

Jailbreaking allows you to fix the disabled Bluetooth stack.

I'm still hoping to find a work around, but I haven't found one so far for their proprietary air print. people who have tried are removed from the app store.

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