Apple’s iPad and Location: An Update

by Dominique Bonte | 4Q 2010 | IN-1006111

With iPad sales booming, the time is right to look at the iPad location application landscape and by extension the tablet form factor in general. With both the 3G and the Wi-Fi versions offering location capabilities based on GPS + Wi-Fi + Cell-ID and Wi-Fi only (respectively), the iPad definitely is a capable location device. Additionally the presence of a digital compass and accelerometer allows for an even better location experience. However, the lack of a digital camera precludes the use of augmented reality applications. The biggest question remaining is: Which location use cases are most suited for a form factor with a positioning somewhere between a portable and a desktop device?

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