Location Based Services on first-gen iPhone working


IphonelocationJust a last, quick note before I log out and have a Super MonkeyBall marathon this afternoon. Some folks were wondering if the first-gen iPhones wouldn’t be able to take advantage of LBS or Location Based Services since there no true GPS. I installed the free Weatherbug application a few minutes ago and went to add my current location. I was greeted with a dialog box asking me if I wanted to allow Weatherbug to find my location. I said yes and a few seconds later, the closest Weatherbug station popped up.

Will LBS be more accurate on a second-gen iPhone with true GPS? I have little doubt that it will, but if I can get a relatively close fix with the first-gen iPhone, that might be good enough for me. I assumed that this would work, but I received a few notes from folks asking so: confirmed! And with that, I’m either off playing games or looking for non-iPhone news. :)


Alan Feather

The iPhone does have true GPS. It is supplemented by base station locations etc but it is real GPS.

John in Norway

Seriously, guys, do you have a non-Apple web address? On this page alone there’s 8 Apple posts to 7 non-Apple posts. Unless, of course, I’m the victim of a phishing attack by crazed fanboys.

In other news: The Nokia phone updater software is now available for Vista machines but not, apparently, for those with XP SP3. – Just in case anyone is interested.


Kevin, try WeatherBug! It even pulls up the closest weather camera based on location services. I could almost see my hair blowing as I waited for the bus this morning. :-)

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