GPS on the iPad 2 (Part 1 of 3)
Like everyone else we followed Apple's iPad 2 announcement in real-time yesterday morning via the Ars Technica and Engadget live blogs. How do we know we weren't the only ones? Check out this graph of our orders by hour:
(we've removed the exact numbers, but the counts before 10am PST represent our typical average hourly sales rate - it was a good day for Bad Elf!)
So the great news is that the Bad Elf GPS should be fully compatible with all versions of the iPad 2 - Wi-Fi only, 3G/GSM, and Verizon. Like the current model, the GSM and Verizon versions have internal Assisted GPS receivers, and Wi-Fi version does not. So Aviation Consumer's comment still stands: "After flying with iPads and iPhones ourselves and talking to many pilots who also do, we’ve concluded there are those who’ve had the internal GPS lose its location—and those who will."
The Bad Elf GPS is the only "Made for iPod" certified external GPS receiver powered by the 30-pin dock connector with WAAS support and true plug and play operation. Thousands of pilots, boaters, hikers, runners, and drivers are using it today with their iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone devices.
For people looking to save some cash, the first generation iPad devices are $100 off in the Apple Store - quite a deal!
We'll get the iPad 2 on March 11 and post an update with the results of our testing.