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ipad4 no cellular good for sat nav?

by VistaVictim / July 22, 2013 1:29 AM PDT

Here's the spec: APPLE iPad with Retina display - 4th generation - WiFi - 32 GB - black - NEW iOS 6, 9.7" high resolution Retina display, 5-megapixel iSight camera

Will this version - without cellular - work in a car as a satellite navigation system?

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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2013 1:49 AM PDT

I've seen folk try this and then come back to some cheap GPS in the car.
Given the cost, what's the attraction?
Bob

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I'm going with yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2013 1:57 AM PDT
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by VistaVictim / July 22, 2013 2:55 PM PDT
In reply to: I'm going with yes.

looks like that requires an external iPad GPS to be added for about $100. I wonder there is any advantage of that over stand-alone car sat nav such as Tom Tom, priced about the same?

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Without cell coverage,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 22, 2013 9:56 PM PDT
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the iPad will function as a GPS device but will not be able to supply maps and the like until it can talk back to whomever is supplying the mapping portion.

You can get a decent TomTom/Garmin/Magellan for the $100 and be able to see exactly where you are and where you are supposed to be going

Note that the setup shown in the link has the iPad holding the purchased maps and another GPS device supplying position information.

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by VistaVictim / July 23, 2013 5:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Without cell coverage,

sorry for being slow but I didnt understand your

"the iPad will function as a GPS device but will not be able to supply maps and the like until it can talk back to whomever is supplying the mapping portion."

....it will function as a GPS but will not be able to supply maps ?

are you saying that I could load a map on the ipad when it is at home and in wifi range, then take it into my car and use it like any gps satnav system, including positioning at street level, until the end of the journey? So that in effect yes it would be a satnav but wouldnt have certain functions such as live traffic updates, etc?

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by VistaVictim / July 23, 2013 5:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Without cell coverage,

Now for a real newbie question, forgive me:

Also, to double-check, does the "4th generation" in the spec refer to 4G, or to iPad4 ?! If the latter, is this a 4G iPad without cell?

Here's the spec: APPLE iPad with Retina display - 4th generation - WiFi - 32 GB - black - NEW iOS 6, 9.7" high resolution Retina display, 5-megapixel iSight camera

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4th Generation = 4th type of iPad,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 23, 2013 9:50 PM PDT
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NOT that it can receive a 4G cellular signal

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I know the advantage for a pilot.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2013 12:21 AM PDT
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As to the car, I don't see any advantage which is why I supplied both yes and no answers. Only you know which has the edge of cost and -> fiddly <-.
Bob

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