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iPF Noob
Jan 30, 2012
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I stumbled across this site while I was looking for information about the ipad 64gb wifi & 3G. I'm preparing to go on a mega hike from my home town in the UK through Belgium, France & Switzerland to arrive sore footed in Italy a few months later. To lessen the carry weight I thought I could perhaps use an ipad as a GPS and to communicate with everyone at home. Having never used Apple before this is all new to me also I have no technical knowledge at all - I remember "adding machines" when they had a handle to pull down to input the amount and haven't progressed much since!:confused:
From the info I've read on the forum it seems that I can download maps before I set off & then use the ipad (without the cost of having the 3G conneced) to navigate. Has anyone on the forum had experience of doing this and if so would you advise me to forget the downloads & just use the real time GPS with the 3G connected?

By the way -great site ...if a bit technical for me!



iPF Noob
Mar 11, 2011
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Cranbrook, Kent, UK
Hi there Jude and welcome.

That is some hike!

As long as you have a 3G iPad you do not need the 3G to be active to be able to use the GPS functionality. Hopefully someone else can chip in and advise you regarding maps.

There is lots of good advice and info on here plus plenty of members all too willing to help with any problems.

Remember, search is your friend. If you can't find the answer you need and you post a question then give as much info as you can to help members help you i.e. iPad 1 or 2, iOS version and name of app if the problem is with a specific app........and please don't forget to read the rules http://www.ipadforums.net/forum-rules-help-info/2119-forum-rules-everybody-please-read.html

These are the hacking section rules for all you jail breakers (and would be jail breakers) http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-hacking/2892-hacking-section-rules-please-read.html

We also have an app for this forum. The link to download the app is: Discussion Forum for iPad Users for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

You can download the manual for your iPad here http://support.apple.com/manuals/ and in iBooks search for "iPad user guide for" and you will find free comprehensive manuals for both iOS 4 and 5.

If you have other Apple products or are interested in other Apple kit then why not join our sister forum too at http://www.appleforums.net/

The Archangel


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Apr 24, 2011
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