Get GPS data on iPad from linked (via WiFi) iPhone

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Re: Get GPS data on iPad from linked (via WiFi) iPhone

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon May 21, 2012 10:25 pm

Can't an external GPS unit be attached to the iPad?
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Re: Get GPS data on iPad from linked (via WiFi) iPhone

Postby Daknife » Wed May 30, 2012 7:32 am

Don't you mean get map data? The GPS data should be coming from the iPad's built in GPS antenna, not via any cell network data stream. If you have problems with the GPS receiver in the iPad there are Bluetooth external GPS receivers you can get. (Note: You can use cell tower location as a replacement for GPS but it's not as accurate and can cause the app to crash if there is any difficulty handing off between towers.)

Getting (and sending map, route and travel data) would be what needs to go through the iPhone via it's wi-fi hotspot feature.
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Re: Get GPS data on iPad from linked (via WiFi) iPhone

Postby Daknife » Wed May 30, 2012 8:42 am

If you say so but that makes no sense technology wise. I don't have an iPad, just an iPod but even that get's it's GPS data from it's internal antenna regardless of wi-fi connection, as does my android phone and tablet. (Caveat, my model android phone the Galaxy S has a weak antenna so I do have a bluetooth external GPS, as the internal loses signal too easily inside a vehicle.)

Okay, mea culpa, I just went and read up on the specs for the iPads and the wi-fi ones indeed do not have a built in GPS chip. (unlike my low-end Vizio Android tablet). In which case I'd recommend the external bluetooth receiver.
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Get GPS data on iPad from linked (via WiFi) iPhone

Postby GBukalders » Sun May 20, 2012 9:32 pm

Could you please add GPS location retrieval on iPad (without 3G or 4G) from the linked iPhone? That way I could use WiFi-only iPad in my car and have precise location on the Waze map. Original Maps app can retrieve this info.
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Re: Get GPS data on iPad from linked (via WiFi) iPhone

Postby GBukalders » Sun May 27, 2012 3:22 pm

I linked my iPhone 4 as a hotspot to iPad 3 running Waze, but Waze map didn't update when I left my home. Original Maps application gets GPS data from iPhone, it would be good if Waze also could get them…
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Re: Get GPS data on iPad from linked (via WiFi) iPhone

Postby gordonski » Mon May 21, 2012 9:02 am

GBukalders wrote:Could you please add GPS location retrieval on iPad (without 3G or 4G) from the linked iPhone? That way I could use WiFi-only iPad in my car and have precise location on the Waze map. Original Maps app can retrieve this info.


I think you can run a personal hotspot on your iPhone, connect your iPad to that Hotspot and the iPad will receive GPS data from the iPhone. I don't know whether this is as accurate as using a built-in GPS receiver.
Just give it a try. I don't think that Waze can add new features to the Apple hardware, that must be done in Cupertino, CA.

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Re: Get GPS data on iPad from linked (via WiFi) iPhone

Postby robin1979 » Wed May 30, 2012 8:02 am

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gordonski wrote:
GBukalders wrote:Could you please add GPS location retrieval on iPad (without 3G or 4G) from the linked iPhone? That way I could use WiFi-only iPad in my car and have precise location on the Waze map. Original Maps app can retrieve this info.


I think you can run a personal hotspot on your iPhone, connect your iPad to that Hotspot and the iPad will receive GPS data from the iPhone. I don't know whether this is as accurate as using a built-in GPS receiver.
Just give it a try. I don't think that Waze can add new features to the Apple hardware, that must be done in Cupertino, CA.


This is correct. But the location is only sent once a minute. Also, when there's no other GPS-using app currently running on the iPhone, only an approximation of the current location is sent.
It's really not usable for navigational purposes (you'll have to get an iPad cellular/3G for that, which have integrated GPS chips, or an external receiver).
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