i pad mini 4 (wifi only) can I use star tracking apps

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  1. sanfairyanne

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    I have ordered an i pad mini4 but I'm reading conflicting reports stating that I can or cannot use star apps like Sky Safari. The i pad 4 is a wifi only model and I'd be using it without a wifi signal, i.e. out in the field away from civilisation. My guess is this won't work and I'll have to cancel the order but some web pages suggest the opposite. Can anyone please set me straight.

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    I think I can answer my own question, please feel free to comment if you think I'm wrong.

    From what I understand apps like Sky Safari have a facility to manually input the exact coordinates which can easily be found on Google Earth, therefore the i-pad 4 wifi only version WILL WORK without wifi or cell reception.
     
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    That's quite workable if you know in advance exactly where you'll be using the app.
     
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    Or you can setup a hotspot with your phone and have mobile data for your wifi-only ipad.
     
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    No Internet required. It works with GPS.


    Gesendet von meinem iPad mit Tapatalk HD
     
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    If your app requires GPS, it will not work with a wifi only iPad, whether connected to the Internet or not.

    The GPS chip is only found on cellular models (and works independently of Internet connection).
     
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    While the non-cellular iPads do not have a GPS, that does not mean they are completely lost. They will still use nearby wi-fi networks to get a rough location. While not as reliable as GPS, this is probably good enough for most star viewing apps.

    As long as Sky Safari does not need the internet to pull down viewing data, and there are enough wi-fi networks in range for the iPad to locate itself, it should work.
     
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    Of course, if you're far enough away from a city to get dark enough skies for decent star watching, you're probably too far from enough useful WiFi hotspots to provide a rough location.
     
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