- WiFi only iPad ones do not have GPS.
- IPad ones with 3G do have GPS.
- Nobody knows where the GPS chip will be in iPad two.
Now you seem to have a problem separating GPS functionality from software functionality. Google maps is an app that uses the GPS hardware in conjunction with a data connection. However there are many apps that work fine without a data connection while using the GPS functionality built into the 3G iPads. You make an assumption that all apps work like Google Maps, this is not true at all.
As to the idea if assisted GPS it isn't what has been suggested in this thread already. Assisted GPS uses the networking capacity of a device to load data that allows the GPS chip to quickly resolve a GPS position. Without that data the GPS system needs to derive the data from the GPS signal which takes more time.
Cell tower and WiFi triangulation are compleyely different things from assisted GPS. These sorts of location based systems may or may not help with the GPS location. The obvious problem here is that sometimes the location data is simply wrong or too course.
Now as to the question of iPad 2 I'm actually hoping that they move the GPS functionality to the WiFi only model. For me it would be an optimal configuration. However there is a practicle consideration here, GPS needs a very good antenna which may be the reason GPS comes on the 3G only models. So I'd have to say the chances are slim that the WiFi only model would get a GPS chip.
Originally Posted by sorinel
i have the first Ipad and what this doesn't have is GPS beside camera..etc but this is the first IPad and always the second generation will be better.I am looking to the IPAD 2 to be in the stores but i am wondering if this one will have GPS chip like the IPhone. Did somebody knows if this will be on the IPAD 2? Many thanks guys.