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I have a IPAD2 wifi. It does NOT have GPS. It uses cell towers for locale.
This is true of the wifi only version.
Apple have always made it a bit confusing but only the more expensive cellular/wi-fi model has GPS.

This is the case for the iPad 2 like yours up to the current version (and I think even the original iPad, mini etc)

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Re: iPad GPS accuracy?

Ok, so I went airplane mode and wifi off on my iPhone 4.
It will not try to locate you using GPS satellites, and requires you
to turn on at least wifi.

With wifi on it will locate you on it's apple maps function, but with an accuracy
circle the size of a football field. The blue dot is about 50 ft off.
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Re: iPad GPS accuracy?

The iPad 4 wifi only does the same. Requests wifi on and then locates you
badly.

I should probably try driving the iPhone around with only wifi on and bring my
hotspot. If it behaves as badly as the iPad wifi only device, then I can say
that the innerds of these two devices are the same.
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Re: iPad GPS accuracy?

Going into "Airplane Mode" turns off the WiFi, cell, and GPS receivers.

If you have a WiFi only iPad it does NOT have a GPS receiver in it. It will do a half-assed job at locating you based on the local WiFi networks.

If you have the higher-end iPad with cell access then it also has a GPS receiver in it. You do not need a cell plan or WiFi access for the GPS receiver to work, although it will lock in quicker if you do.
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