That's right, but the choice is yours. iTunes cannot force you to update, and neither can your iPad. It will stay on its present version until you choose to update. Maps will improve over time, and ios6 won't go away. You have all the time you want to make your decision. Of course, having made the decision to update, there's no going back.Originally Posted by wvkawboy
No. I tether my iPad to my iPhone when I need Internet on the road.Originally Posted by wvkawboy
I may be completely wrong, but here is how I understand it... If you have an iPad without 4G you only get location data from your wireless connection location, if you have 4G you have the GPS and can get the GPS information at all times, what this means, if it is true (I have a 4G model so cannot verify the difference) is that if you have some type of mapping program that can use the GPS you will know on a map where you are without wireless or data service and if you have software that will record the GPS input you can track your movements and overlay them into Google maps or some other mapping software when you come back into data range - if you have the 4G but without the 4G you need to be in constant wireless connection to get location information so you can use it for things like aroundme, yelp or other programs that can use your location for something.
Please let me know if the difference is how I understand it.
3/4G iPads have built in GPS. Wifi only models do not have the GPS chip.
If you have a WiFi-only iPad, you could use a plug-in GPS unit such as the Bad Elf.
There are other units that connect by Bluetooth. My iPad has 3G so I haven't tried any of these options, but I have heard they work pretty well.
As for other off-line map options, there are plenty of them around, such as Open Street Maps etc. Quality/choice/availability depends on which country you are in, but one way or another you should be able to get good coverage. Unfortunately you can't download Google Maps for off-line use, but Bing is second-best (MUCH better than Apple Maps).
Don't hold your breath waiting for Apple Maps to improve. It will take them YEARS to catch up to where Google is now, even if they throw billions of $$$ at it.
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BTW, if you use the MotionX GPS HD app I mentioned in post #6 above, you can download Bing's satellite maps as well as road/street ones. It is the only app (AFAIK) that lets you download sat maps for offline use.
There are various navigation apps that allow you to download maps for offline use with the built in GPS in the wifi+ cellular iPad 3's. I use Navigon, a Garmin app. As to the missing YouTube app in iOS 6, there is a YouTube app in the App Store available as a free download. It's the iPhone version but will work on the iPad. A iPad optimized app is in the works.
Google also has a maps app in development at this time that will be coming to the App Store.
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