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  • whither the GPS bug?

    Users on Apple support forums are still complaining about loss of GPS functionality after upgrading to the 3.0 firmware release.

    As TUAW notes, some users are getting their iPhones replaced, even though Apple is not acknowledging that a bug exists. Some people have had success after rebooting their phone, or disabling 3G. And there have been reports that the problem went away after upgrading to 3.1 firmware.

    So a problem that may or may not exist can either be fixed with rebooting your iPhone, turning off 3G, replacing it with a new phone, or upgrading.

    I'm curious if any members out there have experienced problems with their GPS function, and how or whether they fixed it if so. I have noticed my blue dot creeping around of late, which reminds me more of my old Brickberry's cell triangulation than true GPS. But I'm not a heavy user of Maps.

    What are your experiences?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: whither the GPS bug? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. soundengineer's Avatar
      soundengineer -
      the GPS bug I have been experiencing has been with the fact that it wont triangulate unless I turn on WiFi

      IF I'm outside...it will lock on no problems...sometimes a litte slow...but it locks on to real GPS
      if I go inside where it has no real GPS and has to do cell tower triangulation... it usually tells me that my location could not be determined...
      but if I turn on my wifi(not connect..just turn it on) then all of the sudden the cell tower triangulation works just fine

      anybody have a fix for that?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Quote Originally Posted by notovich View Post
      2 Confucious: did you hav any problems with your GPS before? yours OS is 3.1 + Ultrasn0wed ->>> HOW?
      We're just special like that
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      i rarely get the blue dot on my 3gs anymore
      usually just the huge circle
      luckily i usually know how to get where im going
    1. notovich's Avatar
      notovich -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      We're just special like that
      not that "Special" - no one even know why that happening, and how to fix it, we all know that it is soft problem, so can it be patched? Common programmers, you can make couple hundreds of sad users to get their blue dots back.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      ^ She was referring to the fact that we have 3.1 UltraSn0wed, nothing to do with GPS.
    1. notovich's Avatar
      notovich -
      ;-) i got this part, however missing blue dot question is still open.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      I have lost GPS and WiFi. Actually, both are intermittent. I get a GPS signal more often but WiFi only works about once a week. Some location-based apps do not work at all... like "Speedometer." I've reset settings but seeing as I haven't so much as restores to a fresh firmware, I wasn't ready to take the phone back. That said, I need to hurry. My warranty would already be gone except that I'm within the additional 90 days from swapping in out in early July.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Are you still running 3.0 b5?