Returned my WiFi iPad, but . . . .
Much to my dismay, I am going to return my WiFi iPad this afternoon. I was so ready to use this device that I did not read the fine print about not having GPS or a compass. Fortunately, I learned about this while using the demo units at the Apple Store and did not open my purchase. I took it home to think about it overnight and decided to go ahead and return it. While I am at the store, I am going to pre-order the Wifi+3G model and just wait until the end of the month. While I will be missing out on a few weeks of utility and fun, I would prefer to have a device that will be able to leverage the full features of any applications produced for the iPad, including any of the fantastic augmented reality apps currently available on the iPhone. I feel that in the long run, it is worth waiting a few weeks. Maybe by then there will be a really simple way to import and store PDFs.
- 04-06-2010, 10:14 AM #2
- 04-06-2010, 10:20 AM #3
- 04-06-2010, 10:49 AM #4
So the WiFi version of the iPad does not have GPS capabilities but the 3G does??
Does the 3G need to be activated with a data plan to use the GPS??
This does not make sense.. what does the 3G side of things have to do with the GPS receiver? My garmin is not 3G and works great.
- 04-06-2010, 11:49 AM #5
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- 04-06-2010, 12:33 PM #7
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- 04-06-2010, 12:58 PM #9
According to the Apple web site and the employees at the Apple store, there is no GPS or compass. They could have meant "augmented GPS" where the location is assisted by GPS servers online, but there is definitely no compass.
Last edited by WiseManNumberOne; 04-06-2010 at 01:30 PM.
- 04-06-2010, 02:00 PM #11
Did you know there's a magnetic compass inside the iPad? From the same company as Clinometer HD comes Compass HD, which -- you guessed it -- offers up magnetic compass functionality, but it also integrates the iPad's accelerometers to double as a g-meter (you can change modes using the tabs at the bottom of the app).
- 04-06-2010, 02:03 PM #12
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- 04-06-2010, 04:57 PM #14
iPad wifi can still find your location on google maps via wifi hotspots but the 3G Apple will have assisted GPS meaning it will use 3G towers to locate you. I don't know why you would want to use it for GPS anyway it's too big to hold while driving...
- 04-06-2010, 05:52 PM #15iPhone Newbie
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- 04-06-2010, 06:46 PM #16
- 04-06-2010, 07:03 PM #17
I worked in research in the military long before the advent of the iPhone. Augmented controls deal with virtual environments as well as real environments. Augmented reality can be applied to the maps app using street view, but as far as it applies to the world of i-Pad/Phone, you are correct in saying that you would usually see these applications associated with a camera.
Unfortunately, I already returned the iPad and pre-ordered the Wifi+3G. No worries though. Thanks for all of the great information. I am going to speak to the "Genius" that told me that the Wifi-only iPad did not have a compass.
- 04-07-2010, 09:56 AM #20
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