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Fred Zahradnik

Rumored Apple 'Tablet' Computer to Have GPS?

By October 5, 2009

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If you pay any attention to the gadget blogs, you've already heard plenty about the possibility that Apple will intro a "tablet" computer with a 10-inch touchscreen - looking like an oversized iPod but with a lot more computing power - early next year. The advent of the latest generation of deliciously sensitive capacative touchscreens with terrific displays help make it possible. The potential of such a format is limitless, and that's part of the appeal.

The rumor mill has been quiet on whether or not the Apple tablet will have GPS, so I'll indulge in a little speculation. If the Apple tablet actually hits the market, I think it will have built-in GPS. There's no reason not to include it. As a larger device, the tablet would have plenty of battery power for a GPS chip. GPS would enable a world of apps and browser-enabled location-based services, including maps,  directions, and social media. Apple would be foolish to leave out GPS on a tablet. Things get interesting, and possibly a bit weird in the realm of applications such as turn-by-turn navigation apps, such as TomTom for iPhone. Imagine turn-by-turn nav in your car with a 10-inch screen. Actually, it could be great if it was mounted on the dashboard and not the windshield. What else could the Apple tablet do with GPS? Share your comments below.

October 6, 2009 at 12:35 pm
(1) JT says:

At least for those who could not or did not want to afford the 3G version would have more reason to take the tablet along with them – even more utility on the go.

October 6, 2009 at 6:28 pm
(2) Geoff Tapert says:

If the tablet had a camera and the accelerometers could detect magnetic north, along with roll, pitch and yaw, the orientation of the photo could be included with an application for use in a vast array of environmental studies, tax assessments and tourist attractions – maybe even uploadable to google.

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