Apple GPS device ?

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
I think Apple should do a GPS device.



POINTS:



1 It's a vertical market. Just like Apple enjoys.



2 The market is exploding due to small GPS devices with lots of options mainly in Pocket PC (arghh!) platform.



3 Personal GPS completes the digital personall empowerment. Apple way !



4 There are neat solutions coming . Have you seen this

Tom Tom Go .EVEN THE BOX IS A iPod rip off.



5 Integration with .Mac . Maps could be downloaded from .Mac free of charge for subscribers.



7 Make it Firewire for connection to PC and Mac.



8 Call it iMap. :-)
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  • Reply 1 of 39
    oldmacfanoldmacfan Posts: 501member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by nsousansousa

    I think Apple should do a GPS device.



    POINTS:



    1 It's a vertical market. Just like Apple enjoys.



    2 The market is exploding due to small GPS devices with lots of options mainly in Pocket PC (arghh!) platform.



    3 Personal GPS completes the digital personall empowerment. Apple way !



    4 There are neat solutions coming . Have you seen this

    Tom Tom Go .EVEN THE BOX IS A iPod rip off.



    5 Integration with .Mac . Maps could be downloaded from .Mac free of charge for subscribers.



    7 Make it Firewire for connection to PC and Mac.



    8 Call it iMap. :-)




    I wish someone would do maps right. Mapquest has sucked since AOL bought them out.
  • Reply 2 of 39
    ipodandimacipodandimac Posts: 3,273member
    at best it would come out of the ipod, once the ipod transforms into more of a complete multimedia/communication device
  • Reply 3 of 39
    thatguythatguy Posts: 18member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by oldmacfan

    I wish someone would do maps right. Mapquest has sucked since AOL bought them out.



    Not to go offtopic, but how so? Its faster, and the interface is cleaner than it used to be.
  • Reply 4 of 39
    oldmacfanoldmacfan Posts: 501member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by ThatGuy

    Not to go offtopic, but how so? Its faster, and the interface is cleaner than it used to be.



    1. Their is no more big map option. I have broadband and loved this option, I had to change the zoom less to find what I wanted.



    2. The satallite images are gone. I used this option a lot, again I have broadband and this was a killer feature. I could use the street map to locate an address, and then check out the spy photo's.
  • Reply 5 of 39
    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,219member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by oldmacfan

    1. Their is no more big map option. I have broadband and loved this option, I had to change the zoom less to find what I wanted.



    2. The satallite images are gone. I used this option a lot, again I have broadband and this was a killer feature. I could use the street map to locate an address, and then check out the spy photo's.




    You seem to have been in a cave for several years. AOL bought MapQuest years ago, but the features that you hold so dear disappeared only recently. If you click on the "print" link, then you get a larger map. And, I swear to God that the satellite pictures were of no benefit to me at all. My home is out in the country. My place was indistinguishable from all of the other green in the picture.
  • Reply 6 of 39
    Something like this



  • Reply 7 of 39
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    What does "vertical market" mean? I see words like this used around here a lot and I don't really know what it means. You see, I'm an idiot...
  • Reply 8 of 39
    Quote:

    Originally posted by pscates

    What does "vertical market" mean? I see words like this used around here a lot and I don't really know what it means. You see, I'm an idiot...



    Vertical in the sense that you can control all the variables involved to make, differentiate, and deliver the product. In the sense that a Mac is a "vertical product" comparing to Intel and Microsoft.



    Am I saying something wrong ?
  • Reply 9 of 39
    I think the GPS thing could have great potential. Just for example, add GPS location to password protection. Even if you had the right password, it wouldn't work unless you were at the right spot on the globe.



    Just food for thought.
  • Reply 10 of 39
    Quote:

    Originally posted by nsousansousa

    Vertical in the sense that you can control all the variables involved to make, differentiate, and deliver the product. In the sense that a Mac is a "vertical product" comparing to Intel and Microsoft.



    Am I saying something wrong ?




    Ah, industry jargon - is there anything more annoying?



    Actually, the condition you describe is "vertical integration".



    The most obvious examples of vertical integration exist in the oil industry, where one company controls what it calls the upstream (exploration, drilling and production) and downstream (refining, marketing, sales of resulting refined products) processes.



    This is what always makes me laugh when the petrol companies - particularly here in the UK - state that they only make a penny a litre or whatever at the pump. It completely ignores all the money they make in the upstream phase.



    A "vertical market" can be more accurately described as being a tightly defined self-contained marketplace, such as retail, textiles, construction, etc. So an IT consultancy that specialises in CRM could describe itself as servicing a Marketing vertical segment.
  • Reply 11 of 39
    costiquecostique Posts: 1,084member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Zharazi7

    I think the GPS thing could have great potential. Just for example, add GPS location to password protection. Even if you had the right password, it wouldn't work unless you were at the right spot on the globe.



    Yes, a step aside and your passwords don't work. Or, better yet, imagine you contrived to enter a password in a restricted area to which you have no access a day later (a holiday, for example). Mix in some voice recognition and eyeball scanning, too.
  • Reply 12 of 39
    regreg Posts: 832member
    I used to use the GpsTripmate by Delorme with my my old Wallstreet. I cann't remember if it was system 8.6 or 9.0. Of course we needed a cable converter. You had 6 CD's that covered the US. It did a good job and the kids loved seeing where we were on trips. Improvements that need to be made for me to get one again are,



    1. Smaller Gps unit. The old was about the size of the old iPod and twice as thick.



    2. Either firewire or bluetooth connectivity.



    3. All maps on a single DVD. This would include intercoastal waterways and coastal waters.



    reg
  • Reply 13 of 39
    Quote:

    Originally posted by reg

    I used to use the GpsTripmate by Delorme with my my old Wallstreet. I cann't remember if it was system 8.6 or 9.0. Of course we needed a cable converter. You had 6 CD's that covered the US. It did a good job and the kids loved seeing where we were on trips. Improvements that need to be made for me to get one again are,



    1. Smaller Gps unit. The old was about the size of the old iPod and twice as thick.



    2. Either firewire or bluetooth connectivity.



    3. All maps on a single DVD. This would include intercoastal waterways and coastal waters.



    reg




    Well, I got a CF/PCMCIA GPS receiver and it works great with the Powerbook and Route 66 Europe.

    The thing is that I have to carry the Powerbook to the car and keep it powered to get full street navigation. The route 66 Europe is about 3 GB so it would fit in a Ipod like device.

    And I don't want to buy a Pocket PC just to use navigation on the car.The there's all the mess of selecting the maps and transfering to the Pocket PC which sucks.

    That's why I mentioned the TomTom Go. It is the kind of device Apple would do.



    Now , make it handheld and small like the ipod and throw in ichat and Airport for voice calling... ;-)
  • Reply 14 of 39
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Zharazi7

    I think the GPS thing could have great potential. Just for example, add GPS location to password protection. Even if you had the right password, it wouldn't work unless you were at the right spot on the globe.



    Just food for thought.




    Password for what ?????
  • Reply 15 of 39
    addaboxaddabox Posts: 12,660member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by pscates

    What does "vertical market" mean? I see words like this used around here a lot and I don't really know what it means. You see, I'm an idiot...



    That would be a market that gives gear heads a boner.....
  • Reply 16 of 39
    You know, passwords for things like an encrypted file or network access... Basically whatever your imagination is capable of. (Insert strange plot of favorite spy movie here)



  • Reply 17 of 39
    As long as we're fantasizing here, why doesn't Apple just make a GPS receiver that fits into the Airport card slot on its notebooks? Or, better still...write an app that lets you receive GPS signals through your Airport card!

  • Reply 18 of 39
    iMap?

    no no.. I think it should be called iLost.

    flick.
  • Reply 19 of 39
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Michael Grey

    As long as we're fantasizing here, why doesn't Apple just make a GPS receiver that fits into the Airport card slot on its notebooks? Or, better still...write an app that lets you receive GPS signals through your Airport card!





    Why fantasizing ?

    The GPS cards now are the size of a matchbox...
  • Reply 20 of 39
    Quote:

    Originally posted by nsousansousa

    Why fantasizing ?

    The GPS cards now are the size of a matchbox...




    Forget it, Apple !



    Just look at this... Sony 3D XYZ ... from Sony !



    Mind blowing !
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