Updates on Lightning-based iOS device compatability


Happy New Year! We have a few quick updates...

Bad Elf GPS Pro (BE-GPS-2200)

We received word from Apple earlier today that the Bad Elf GPS Pro is officially compatible (over Bluetooth) with all of the new Lightning-based iOS devices released last fall. No firmware or hardware changes were necessary, so don't worry if you purchase a GPS Pro in the old packaging -- it will work out of the box.

The new official list of supported devices is:

  • iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th generations)
  • iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, & iPhone 3G
  • iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad

Basically, every iOS device on the market today that has Bluetooth support for external accessories.

Bad Elf GPS dongle (BE-GPS-1000)

Although the Bad Elf GPS dongle with the 30-pin dock connector is not directly or officially compatible with any of the new Lightning-based iOS devices, we're happy to report that it works with ALL of them using either of Apple's Lightning-to-30pin adapters.

We've done extensive testing and the only issues we've heard about (and resolved) with customers were actually related to the known iOS 6 bug affecting external GPS receivers. As far as we know this has been fixed in the upcoming iOS 6.1 release. Please see our troubleshooting page if you have any issues.


  • Edgar, please contact us via support@bad-elf.com and we’ll help to diagnose the issue. Thanks!

    - Brett
  • Hi there !! I bought a 30 pin to lightning connector thinking my BE-GPS-1000 could be work on my Ipad mini with IOS 7.0.4 . Bad news !! My dongle is died…no work .. Could you help me ?? Thanks

    - Edgar
  • Hello,

    I have an Ipad 2 Wifi and I’m interested in the Bad Elf GPS. However, in order to be futureproof I’d prefer buying the Bad Elf GPS for lightening Connector and then use an adaptor (female Lightening to male 30pin).Is this a combination that works? Guess it depends on the adaptor, it doesn’t exist an Apple one, but see for example: http://www.guuds.com/product/iP5-9020__Lightning-8-Pin-Female-to-30-Pin-Male-Adapter-for-iPhone-4S-iPad-3-iPod-Touch-4-Black.html

    - Max Erlandsson
  • Here’s a question I know you will love …
    When will a Bad Elf GPS dongle with a lightning connector be available? :)

    - Paul Chance
  • I have a 5c and an apple supplied adapter but 5c does not see Bad elf .. any suggestions

    - Chkm8

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