Personal Hotspot Sends GPS Data to Wi-Fi iPad?

Personal Hotspot Sends GPS Data to Wi-Fi iPad?

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Apple's new Personal Hotspot feature reportedly feeds GPS data to wi-fi iPad devices that are tethered to it, according to TabletMonsters.

Apple’s Wi-Fi only iOS devices have had location awareness for years via Wi-Fi location service that rely on identifying MAC addresses of nearby hotspots, and comparing those against a database of where those routers are located.

The location I’m getting on my Wi-Fi only iPad is most certainly not this. It is clear I am being fed GPS information from the phone, at what appears to be an interval of once a minute or so between refreshes (likely they didn’t do real time updating so as to go easy on the phone’s battery).


Although, one minute intervals isn't that often. It might be enough to sway some customers' purchasing decision towards the Wi-Fi iPad model instead of the 3G.

The feature can be seen demonstrated it the video below.

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Jompao - March 17, 2011 at 5:52am
So a pretty useless function as it willnot work with turn by turn navigation. You still need RoqyBT and a separate BT GPS receiver for that. Hopefully we will see a Cydia app that can provide the realtime GPS information from iPhone to iPad soon.
Jared - March 16, 2011 at 2:53pm
MyWi has been doing this all along! This is no miracle!
Jon - March 16, 2011 at 2:09pm
What an idiot......of course is getting trace from the 3g tower that is feeding the iphone 4.......this is called triangulation cell site system.....any wireless network engineer knows that. Same thing happen if you do it with the wifi at home......google maps trace and make the triangulation from the internet company IP and location.............don\'t tell me you were thinking.....A MAGICAL IPAD2,,,,,,JA,JA....I-DUMB.
Derek - March 16, 2011 at 3:54pm
The idiot here is you, who didn\'t read properly. Cell triangulation is not GPS.
Jon - March 16, 2011 at 4:58pm
Listen animal.....I\'m sick and tired of stupid people like you in this site, just typing to say anithing stupid......that has nothing to do with GPS signals since IPAD2 WIFI don\'t have GPS........http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/...........the reason why is getting the location is because of cell triangulation from the cell towel.......google map just determine you locations thanks to this triangulation system.........but of course I\'m waisting my time with you......you don\'t have a minimal clue about it!!!!!
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