One of the unfortunate aspects of a Wi-Fi only iPad is the lack of a GPS chip, which is only included in the 3G models that cost $129 more. However, it appears that tethering your iPad to your iPhone allows the tablet to also receive accurate GPS data as well.
Getting a bunch of people coordinated is seriously one of the toughest things to do. Sure, you could use Google Docs, a massive email thread or some kind of travel website to keep track of what's going on, but does that every really work? No.
However, what you can rely on is that everyone's probably got a cell phone on hand, and GroupMe works on a variety of mobile platforms to help unify you and your crew and keep you all on the same page. GroupMe enables you to create a group, keep track of these folks, communicate with them via social networking and SMS, and even share photos. In addition, you can also have a group call to keep in touch with one another the old-fashioned way--via an actual group chat. Follow along to find out how to use this application to better organize your life--and your posse.
If you’re looking for friends, Google Latitude can help. It helps people find each other in the real world to network the old-fashioned way: face to face. When you and your friends sign in, Latitude’s zoomable map displays icons showing everyone’s location. You can quickly cycle from friend to friend with a tap, and tapping a friend’s icon reveals contact info, directions, and more.
Looking for something to do, buy, or browse? With Google Places, you can search for services based on your location to find nearby matches on a map. The convenience flat-out rules—if Places can’t locate you precisely, it suggests nearby alternatives, and an editable list of common businesses (gas, restaurants, and more) lets you find everyday destinations quickly.
Google Earth successfully squashes the desktop app you know and love to pocket size. Sure, processor-intensive features like 3D buildings and weather are missing, but you can view optional 3D terrain and tappable links to attractions, Panoramio photos, and even Wikipedia articles relevant to the location you’re virtually visiting. Text searches show address book contacts first, followed by results from your search history (you won’t have to type “Yucatan Peninsula” every time you want to find it).
Four new job posts on Apple’s website late last week seem to indicate that the company may be searching for iOS software engineers with “experience developing navigation software” -- could a built-in navigation app be part of the iOS 5 mix?
Fans of mass transit can now look to Bing Maps for transit directions. But due to the initial release, only Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and Vancouver are available.
After relying on Google and Skyhook to provide location services for the iPhone, it appears that Apple took control of their own destiny by creating their own service with the launch of iOS 3.2 on the iPad -- and nobody noticed until now.