When Apple launched iOS 4.3 with its Personal Hotspot feature
enabled, many users were hoping the Wi-Fi-only iPad could use that connection to receive iPhone GPS
data for maps and navigation on its larger screen. Unfortunately, that didn’t work too well
Enter Kai Aras’ AirLocation
. The app does what Personal Hotspot
doesn’t, giving non-3G iPads even more functionality. By all reports, the app is super simple, and its webpage
doesn’t get into any specifics beyond these four outlined instructions: Turn on the iPhone’s Personal Hotspot, connect your iPad to it, start the app on both devices, and hit the road.
Says Federico Viticci of MacStories in his review:
[Although] AirLocation doesn’t come with all the features of the Maps app for iOS, it does keep track of your location in real-time on the iPad using GPS and it didn’t stop working after a few minutes. I could see the blue dot indicating my location moving on screen at the same time of the iPhone, which was transmitting data via Personal Hotspot.
So, for $0.99, you get bare-bones GPS for your Wi-Fi iPad that works as advertised. Who’s in?