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iPad 2 WiFi Gets GPS When Tethered To iPhone

by on March 16th, 2011

If you have been deciding between purchasing the iPad WiFi or iPad WiFi + 3G, here is another reason to stick with the former selection.

With the release of iOS 4.3, Apple introduced an iPhone 4 feature called “Personal Hotspot”. This feature enables users to share their iPhone’s 3G data connection with other devices over WiFi. This alone is a major reason to save the extra cash and stick with an iPad WiFi. But some users want to purchase the 3G iPad due to its GPS capabilities.

According to Kyle Carmitchel of TabletMonsters, it seems that if you tether your iPad WiFi to your iPhone using Personal Hotspot, the iPad reportedly receives GPS capabilities.

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).

Also, this capability is not restricted to just the iPad 2; the original iPad can benefit as well.

If this find is legitimate and you own an iPhone 4 and want to pocket the extra cash required to purchase the iPad 3G, and also don’t want to pay service fees to a carrier, pick up the iPad WiFi and use Personal Hotspot!


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