Turns out initial reports of the Wi-Fi only iPad2 losing GPS functionality when tethered to an iPhone 4 were false assumptions. It was assumed that because the Wi-Fi only iPad 2 lacks the 3G Radio and GPS Chip that location based services and apps would not work on the iPad 2 when using the iPhone 4 Personal Hotspot as the network source. Tests by Tablet Monsters confirm that GPS apps and services DO WORK on the iPad 2 when connected through the Personal Hotspot on the iPhone 4. The 3G radio and GPS chip in the iPhone 4 seems to communicate location based data to the Wi-Fi connected iPad 2, this is a great bonus for iPhone 4 and iPad 1 or 2 users and may make the decision choice between a 3G iPad and Wi-Fi only iPad a little easier for iPhone 4 owners.
The iPad 2 is only days away from being released in Canada on March 25th and I can’t wait to get my hands on one, in fact I plan on buying two!
My wife and I both have iPhone 4’s so we decided to purchase Wi-Fi only iPads and put the money we saved on not buying the 3G versions into extra memory. The location based services and GPS support on Wi-Fi only iPads is Great News! Now let’s hope the lineup at the Apple Store isn’t too long on Friday.