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On it's face and in isolation this is not exactly a huge deal. The location data is not being sent anywhere as far as we know. It resides on your iPad or iPhone (3G models) and on your computer where you sync to iTunes. Well, that's assuming you don't sync to someone else's computer, of course. In that case, they might have your location data available to view and play with.

And really, that's why this could be a big deal, on some level.

And it's not just that the data is being collected, cataloged, stored and exists, it's that it's been there since iOS4 was released, and we didn't know because no one really noticed until now. Someone had to get curious, poke around, dig into the data and discover it by accident. Makes you wonder what other info might be hanging around in places we don't know about, eh?

Hopefully Apple will explain exactly what all the data is, why it's there and how it's used - in great detail. It can't be there for no reason, and I can think of a few cool reasons for collecting the data, but unencrypted and no notification of tracking is a little concerning to me. I'm looking forward to hearing from Apple to understand more.
Why the big secret? More to come from Apple Marketing Spin I am sure. Hohws it feel with Big Brother watching you.


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There are now two Apple approved GPS modules for the Itouch and IPAD. One is the Dual XGPS150, it connects to the IPAD via bluetooth and can use any of the Nav apps in the App Store. I just ordered one, from what I have seen on other baords it works great and is a great deal for $99.00 at Amazon


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I took my iPad along my 2 week New England cruise. It came in handy on day 2. As I was navigating out of Seal Bay in Maine (zero nav aids, but well charted), my chart plotter fluxgate went screwy. Had us tracking in the right direction, but the boat pointed elsewhere. It made the picture very disorienting. Ran down below, put the iPad in it's waterproof case and fore up Charts and Tides. Took us right out and actually had better harbor detail than my plotter. I came to use it routinely when in harbor for the rest of the trip. The offline, Active Captain database, was also invaluable for phone numbers and actual reviews of anchorages to know what to look for.

Finally, the anchor alarm I purchased, Anchor Watch, did not fully work when I tested it at home. However a patch came through while we were on the trip and fixed the bugs. It would actually send an email msg to my phone if the anchor dragged. Tested by walking it down the street, of course. That gave great peace of mind when we had cell coverage and would go ashore It would also run in the background at night, so it burned very little battery power, but would fire up a siren if you broke from the mooring or dragged while sleeping. Also tested on land, never actually dragged.

I say.... iPad..... Don't leave home without it.


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