I bought a Garmin GLO Bluetooth receiver. My new iPad 3 (wifi only) says the gar in is connected. However, how do I know it is getting right position info as there is no place where it gives position.
Where can I get the necessary software? I tried the NOAA charts but the iPad will not download them.
So far, the iPad seems to be a fairly useless toy.
This one seems like pilot error, no tablet is useless.
Go to the App Store icon and press it. Type in either Marine Navigation or Latitude and Longitude in the search box.
With the latter you can get a simple free app that will display your current Lat/Long if you're just trying to confirm its accuracy against a known position. For actual marine navigation, there are several options, but you pay for them. For basic nav, I use Charts and Tides. Type that in the search box. About $25 for the entire East Coast. I like it because you also get Active Captain data displayed on the chart.
I've tried Garmin's BlueChart app, but did not like it. I needed it to sail in foreign waters, as C&T did not have those charts. Others have used iNavX and Navionics, both of which I think are more capable than C&T, but probably a bit more complex too.
Just wait until you find it's real time weather radar, NOAA buoy data, wind forecasting, tides, etc, etc. Not useless.