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Old 14-04-2012, 11:16
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Being reading up on connecting a GPS reciver to an iPad (I have the new one if there is difference) and looking at some sites they seem to suggest you need to jailbreak and others don't mention it. Rather confused so I have come to seek guidance from the wisdom of DS gurus.
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Old 14-04-2012, 11:20
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AFAIK, the only official way to get GPS on a WiFi iPad is to tether the iPad to an iPhone, and it will share the GPS data.

The other way is some Bluetooth GPS receivers work and can paired. (Usually you have to install a free app). http://www.tuaw.com/2011/05/08/getti...-with-new-sky/
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Old 14-04-2012, 12:18
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I was looking at GPS adapters and came across this one made by a company called Dual: http://xgps150.dualav.com/

Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be many shops that sell it in this country (as it comes from the USA), but I did find Expansys sell them for 75.99 http://www.expansys.com/dual-univers...=base&ito=1701

It can be used on most iPad navigation apps without jailbraking as well as with other blue tooth devices too such as a laptop or to improve the GPS of a mobile phone.
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Old 14-04-2012, 12:35
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Won't any 10 or so bluetooth GPS work?
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Old 14-04-2012, 15:02
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Won't any 10 or so bluetooth GPS work?
But you still need to buy some navigation software which has offline maps. If you used it with the built-in Maps app, all you'd get flashing blue dot on a black background, as it requires an active internet connection to get the maps. Even the free Skobbler sat nav app requires an internet connection for the maps, however you can add offline maps to it via an in-app purchase.
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Old 14-04-2012, 15:54
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Google Maps works off-line by caching your route while connected.
And there are plenty of free non navigation maps.

There are hints from that link that a standard bluetooth GPS connection is banned. Thus the need for a Jailbreak in order to install a utility app.
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Old 14-04-2012, 16:32
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Google don't license their map data for turn by turn use on iOS, which is why developers need to provide their own maps.

There are a handful of Apple approved bluetooth GPS units that work out of the box, so to speak, but they're at the higher end of the market.
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Old 15-04-2012, 11:02
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So, have I understood this right. I'd need a Bluetooth GOS reciver, any in theory would do ? App on the iPad to 'work with' the GPS reciver and then navigation software ?
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Old 15-04-2012, 11:53
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So, have I understood this right. I'd need a Bluetooth GOS reciver, any in theory would do ? App on the iPad to 'work with' the GPS reciver and then navigation software ?
You should check for iPad compatibility. The cheapo ones don't normally work with it.
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Old 15-04-2012, 12:51
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You should check for iPad compatibility. The cheapo ones don't normally work with it.
Kk, so... iPad compatible GPS reciver and software (ap) plus navigation software and it's cool for cats ?



In theory
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Old 15-04-2012, 13:12
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Kk, so... iPad compatible GPS reciver and software (ap) plus navigation software and it's cool for cats ?



In theory
Cheaper to buy a budget TomTom
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Old 15-04-2012, 14:08
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Cheaper to buy a budget TomTom
True, but where is the fun in figuring out the practicalities of that
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Old 15-04-2012, 21:40
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Won't any 10 or so bluetooth GPS work?
They will on a Jailbroken iPad - where you can install a replacement Bluetooth protocol stack!

It is annoying that ANY Bluetooth GPS just won't work, as standard, with any iPad!
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Old 16-04-2012, 16:28
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If having a GPS receiver is important to you, why didnt you buy a 3G version or an android tablet?
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Old 16-04-2012, 18:55
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If having a GPS receiver is important to you, why didnt you buy a 3G version or an android tablet?
Maybe it's not that important to them
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Old 16-04-2012, 22:34
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Maybe it's not that important to them
His posts suggest otherwise
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Old 17-04-2012, 14:39
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A jailbroken ipad and a bluetooth gps reciever http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluenext-Blu...998835-0648154 plus roqybt4 software from cydia will get you going.I used these when I had just the wifi version and it worked very well.
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Old 17-04-2012, 22:00
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Maybe it's not that important to them
Tbh, it's doesn't matter enough to spend the extra, just wondered if you could do it with minimal fuss.
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Old 18-04-2012, 19:03
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connect it to a XOOM
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