Where is my iPad?

Apple Ipad 16gb tablet
August 20, 2010 at 08:40:51
Specs: Macintosh
DevilsPGD
Jul 24, 8:27 pm
I'm a couple weeks into a free trial of MobileMe.

I set up my account on my iPhone and iPad. My only interest is the "Find My iPhone" functionality and I've got other data types turned off.

When I access the web interface, the iPhone's location is determined correctly but the iPad appears several kilometers away, despite both being side by side on my desk. Refreshing the location doesn't help.

Interestingly if I open Google Maps on the iPad and attempt to locate myself, the address floats between two locations several KM away in opposite directions for a while then eventually settles on my actual location and starts pulsing (GPS lock, I believe). If I then attempt to "Find my iPhone" on the iPad, Google Maps jumps back to one of the wrong addresses almost immediately.

Sending a message or locking the device works reliably. Anyone else have "Find my iPhone" enabled and if so, are you seeing similar?

iPhone 3GS 16GB, iPad 32GB 3G. Both devices have active data plans and
are connected to the same wifi access point.

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August 20, 2010 at 08:43:54
Tom Harrington
Jul 25, 6:33 pm
In article <2f0n46lcskio8afdo0d1ekcq2unmlar...@4ax.com>,

What happens if you turn off WiFi on the iPad?

It sounds like the iPad is getting conflicting information about its location-- one from the WiFi network and one from GPS. WiFi location info is obtained from Skyhook wireless, and they just report where they think your base station is. They've been known to be wrong.

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Tom "Tom" Harrington
Independent Mac OS X developer since 2002

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August 20, 2010 at 08:45:33
DevilsPGD
Jul 27, 1:50 am
In message <tph-C7FD2C.16334925072010@localhost> Tom Harrington
<t...@pcisys.no.spam.dammit.net> was claimed to have wrote:

No difference at all. Turning off 3G seems to "help" in that it can't find it's location at all instead of alternating between two far off locations -- This probably means it's locating itself based on tower locations and I'm almost exactly between two towers.

So again, the question is why not? My iPhone seems to be able to locate itself using Skyhook very quickly.

>It sounds like the iPad is getting conflicting information about its location-- one from the WiFi network and one from GPS. WiFi location info is obtained from Skyhook wireless, and they just report where they think your base station is. They've been known to be wrong.

Shouldn't GPS results override Skyhook? Even once it starts to settle on my location and pulse to indicate a GPS lock, if I fire up Find My iPhone, I'm back to a vastly incorrect location.

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