- Jul 9, 2007
Do you think any GPS software will be coming in the near future?
I read somewhere that Cingular, er, ATT keeps a strangehold on their GPS and that only companies like Sprint release it to be used in an application on the handset. But then, ATT was doing a lot of things differently before the iPhone came along...I think GPS-like features could be added. Even if true GPS is not in the phone, all phones must report location during emergency calls, even if that invovles tower triangulation. I would think the OS could somehow gather that data and translate to maps or other apps if needed.
Well that's me hoping at least.
That's not true at all. All you need is a bluetooth GPS receiver and Apple to turn on bluetooth serial device support on the iPhone.Not soon. The current version of the iPhone does not have GPS. You'll have to wait and see if version 2 has it
My Samsung BlackJack used an external bluetooth GPS device. The iPhone must have that capabilityThat's not true at all. All you need is a bluetooth GPS receiver and Apple to turn on bluetooth serial device support on the iPhone.
Many, many phones work this way (in fact, the last 4 phones I've owned worked GREAT with an external bluetooth GPS receiver).
It does have bluetooth but Apple has limited it so far. It will work with headsets and other devices of that kind but they have not enabled bluetooth serial device support - which is what external bluetooth GPS devices use.My Samsung BlackJack used an external bluetooth GPS device. The iPhone must have that capability
If (when) they turn it on, there's nothing stopping anyone from coming out with a cool turn-by-turn GPS app online and "get around" Apple's lock on app development & licensing. If I'm Apple, I want to create (or license someone to create - like Garmin who announced in January that they were writing OS X GPS software) to make an iphone-based GPS app and sell it with a BT GPS receiver before opening the door to anyone else. I don't blame them. In fact, I look forward to what Apple could do with the UI on a GPS app.The logic behind the lack of bt serial is a mystery. GPS would be great. Even better would be the ability to use the Seagate DAVE bt drives when they are released soon (?). Now THAT would be cool!
That is exactly my thinking.If (when) they turn it on, there's nothing stopping anyone from coming out with a cool turn-by-turn GPS app online and "get around" Apple's lock on app development & licensing. If I'm Apple, I want to create (or license someone to create - like Garmin who announced in January that they were writing OS X GPS software) to make an iphone-based GPS app and sell it with a BT GPS receiver before opening the door to anyone else. I don't blame them. In fact, I look forward to what Apple could do with the UI on a GPS app.
Many of you who are impatient and upset about the iPhones current limitations my be first time "early adopters". As a total gadget freak, I have a lot of experience in owning the "latest and greatest" devices and waiting for their refinements. I have in my mind a wish list of things that I would like to see happen with the iPhone, Exchange push, GPS abilities, and Ebooks are among my top three. Frankly, this is the first device that I bought at release that at least had some accessories. I think I've always had to wait for cases, car chargers and so forth. Of course it didn't hurt the so many iPod accessories were already compatible with it.
I think that it's going to be important to excersise some patience with Apple and let them do what they usually do best. Doing it RIGHT. The iPhone is in it's infancy right now. That is a fact of life and one that you'll have to accept in order to be at peace with it. You could run out and get the latest Windows Mobile device and have everything you want with an excess of third party software to boot. The problem is, with most Windows based devices, is that they are "jacks of all trades and masters of none". The slew of third party apps written by a vast number of different companies generally will add functionability to the device, but often serve to slow it down and make it unstable. (Much like the Windows PC)
I speak from years of experience as an Operations/IT manager that has used nearly every conceivable smartphone device when I say that a slew of 3rd party apps can be a very bad experience on your mobile device. The first rule of thumb when those devices become unstable is to uninstall all the 3rd party stuff one at a time to identify the culprit. Your program "X" may run great on your device, but not with program "Y" installed and so on.
Back on point though, I've used many devices over the years and had to wait for nearly every "option" that people take for granted nowadays. Push mail, BT, Stereo Bluetooth, GPRS to EDGE to UTMS to HSDPA, etc. As an early adopter, this is the price you pay. If the waiting is going to drive you nuts, it might be a good idea to swap the iPhone for something a little more seasoned that has it all "now". I'm sure in time, the iPhone will have caught up and knowing Apple, surpased the competitors and then you'll have a device you can enjoy to the fullest.
Knowing Apple, they have reasons for EVERYTHING they included and excluded in this device. Many of the advance features of the WM devices require true "tech geeks" and hours and hours of time to tweek them into something stable and usable. This device works out of the box. It's easy to use and easy to understand. This device was designed for the masses, not the elite "power users". Features will be added on but Apple will try to ensure that what goes on the iPhone follows suit with the rest of the applications; well thought out, stable, easy to use and understand, and with the usual style and elegance of Apple software.
Wow. I have rambled on. Anyway, I'm excited by this device and it's potential. As new as it is, I'm already seeing some really nice stuff in the works for it. I think it was only just over a week after the iPhone release that JiveTalk release a very nice chat program for the device. It's not perfect but it is an Alpha release.
If you have the patience, stick with it. I think you'll be delighted with even more as time goes on. If not, Ebay it or return it and try something else. There are other good devices out there that may better suit your needs and lifestyle.