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Will the 3G iPhone's built-in GPS support be a huge selling point? Would you use it?

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As many of you know, the new 3G iPhone will come with built-in GPS support.

 

I purchased a Magellan GPS unit for my sister's husband last Christmas, and I paid nearly $200 for it. It was very impressive. Also, it was the first time I had the opportunity to play with a GPS while not standing around in a Best Buy. The GPS unit is very accurate. Also, the turn-by-turn directions are awesome.

 

I don't understand why every phone doesn't have this functionality built in. More and more social networking sites are beginning to take advantage of GPS technology as well. It has huge implications on privacy, but for those of you who are big into social networking, it might be a great way to connect with others. It also helps to know where you are in the world. ;)

 

Personally, if I purchased a 3G iPhone (I might actually do just that), I am thinking that the GPS functionality would be a serious selling point. I do not have a GPS of my own, and I am flat out horrible at remembering directions.

 

I only wonder if the turn-by-turn directions will be a serious destraction in the car. Does this pose a threat to people on the road? Will this be even worse than talking on the phone and driving one handed? It will be interesting to hear that debate.

 

Regardless, if you wish to purchase a 3G iPhone, how much does the GPS support influence your decision? Would you use it? Or is it just pointless?

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 lmao...I suckkk at directions. I've lived where I've lived I think like 7 years and still get lost for hours on end when i try to find my way out of the downtown area >_< I think that having GPS in a cell would be awesome, but a huge distraction for me. I can't talk on a cell heck I can hardly change radio stations while I drive. If I could just put the phone in the seat next to me and it be loud enough for me to hear and understand it that would be amazing....anyways..thats my 2 cents...the new iphones seem like they will be amazing :) 

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Originally Posted by SierraK:

 lmao...I suckkk at directions. I've lived where I've lived I think like 7 years and still get lost for hours on end when i try to find my way out of the downtown area >_< I think that having GPS in a cell would be awesome, but a huge distraction for me. I can't talk on a cell heck I can hardly change radio stations while I drive. If I could just put the phone in the seat next to me and it be loud enough for me to hear and understand it that would be amazing....anyways..thats my 2 cents...the new iphones seem like they will be amazing :) 

 

Yeah, I'm no good with directions either.

 

I used to talk on the cell phone while driving, but never again will I bother doing something like that. Just too many horrible drivers with licenses on the road already to even attempt it.

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It's definitely a huge feature to me.  The 1st Gen phone's GPS-like "locate me" functionality is pretty good though, using cell phone tower location and WiFi access point data to make a fairly good guess of the phone's location.  The new 3G version will be using A-GPS (Assisted GPS), so it uses similar technology in conjunction with actual GPS to increase the accuracy.  The previous system would often only be accurate to several hundred feet, so it wouldn't be able to say with for certain which street you were on.  The added benefit of using the additional data is of course the ability of it to function when GPS satellite reception is bad, like when you're inside a building.

 

So it won't work quite exactly like an actual GPS nav system like a Magellan, but it'll be good.  Also, it remains to be seen if the integration with Google Maps will provide a real-time turn-by-turn directions type feature.  That would rule if they did...I'd use the hell out of it.

 

For me, the killer feature is definitely the 3G data speeds...I have a serious lack of patience...but the GPS is also a great addition.  You're right...all the location aware social apps, like Loopt, have incredible potential.

 

I'll be one of the suckers in line on July 11th trying to get one...that's for sure.

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Originally Posted by teej:

It's definitely a huge feature to me.  The 1st Gen phone's GPS-like "locate me" functionality is pretty good though, using cell phone tower location and WiFi access point data to make a fairly good guess of the phone's location.  The new 3G version will be using A-GPS (Assisted GPS), so it uses similar technology in conjunction with actual GPS to increase the accuracy.  The previous system would often only be accurate to several hundred feet, so it wouldn't be able to say with for certain which street you were on.  The added benefit of using the additional data is of course the ability of it to function when GPS satellite reception is bad, like when you're inside a building.

 

So it won't work quite exactly like an actual GPS nav system like a Magellan, but it'll be good.  Also, it remains to be seen if the integration with Google Maps will provide a real-time turn-by-turn directions type feature.  That would rule if they did...I'd use the hell out of it.

 

For me, the killer feature is definitely the 3G data speeds...I have a serious lack of patience...but the GPS is also a great addition.  You're right...all the location aware social apps, like Loopt, have incredible potential.

 

I'll be one of the suckers in line on July 11th trying to get one...that's for sure.

 

Nice insight teej.

 

I doubt i'll be one of the suckers in line, but I will hopefully have the opportunity to purchase one soon. It would match well with my MacBook. I think I'm starting to become addicted to Apple products. It isn't bias, but it is because they are just so well thought out.

 

The iPhone has forever changed the mobile phone industry. It will be interesting to see how the 3G iPhone will perform in the marketplace.


If only Apple didn't make the iPhone exclusive to AT&T...  If only...

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So it won't work quite exactly like an actual GPS nav system like a Magellan, but it'll be good.  Also, it remains to be seen if the integration with Google Maps will provide a real-time turn-by-turn directions type feature.  That would rule if they did...I'd use the hell out of it.

 

I was just reading on Retrevo and they said that the iPhone SDK explicitly forbids the creation of software for turn-by-turn directions.

 

  1. Really?
  2. Why? - because they lack the accuracy to do it well?

 

Disappointing.

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Originally Posted by Deej:
  1. Really?
  2. Why? - because they lack the accuracy to do it well?

 

Disappointing.

 

All they're doing is forbidding 3rd parties from creating the software.  Hopefully it's because they're working on a version themselves.  You can see some of the new features on Apple's site.

 

If not, I wonder if there are liability issues and the lawyers are preventing it.  Like how most in-car nav systems require you to accept a liability waiver on each and every use, and some don't allow any input while moving.

 

Total guesses.  TomTom was supposedly working on an app, so they might have a special agreement with Apple.  I'm sure we'll here more about this in the coming months.

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