Been sick with a stomach flu ever since I got back from Texas, so I haven’t been able to catch up on blogging or do much of anything else for the past few days. Finally catching up now, little by little.
I was thinking about how my iPhone handled things during my trip down in Texas, and as much as it was aces for nearly most of the time spent there, there was a day where the GPS just could not seem to maintain a lock to save its own life. As a GPS tracking device, my precious iPhone was starting to falter in its accuracy.
It started happening in Austin where I would get a GPS lock, only to lose it 10 seconds later, only to regain it another 10 seconds later, and the net result was causing my Navigon app to go completely haywire, telling me to drive into walls or off exits that didn’t exist. Good grief.
To say I was displeased would be an understatement. I ready to go in kill-murder-destroy mode here. I thought maybe solar flares could be to blame, which I know can disrupt vehicle tracking, but I did some research into the MacRumors forum, and it seems this has been an issue experienced by owners of the new Verizon iPhone in particular. For the first time I realized it doesn’t actually use the same chip the AT&T phone does, and rather than having a dedicated processor, this GPS instead shares processing power with the iPhone’s CPU. At least that was my understanding of how it’s set up in the Verizon version.
Some people were thinking this was having am impact on the GPS accuracy of the Verizon iPhone, but fortunately it may just be a matter of updating the software code, something I’m hoping they do in the next iOS update.
In the meantime, I compared the GPS fleet tracking thingie in my car rental to see if it was having problems too, and I noticed occasional glitches as well, but it was still more usable than the iPhone was at the moment. Then a thought occurred to me, and I went to check my Wi-Fi settings and noticed I had it turned off. I went to turn it back on again and… nearly picture perfect GPS accuracy ever since. Go figure.
Thank God I figured it out before I began my major drive from Austin to Dallas, or I would have had a major canary. I was sure my iPhone was defective or broke on me or something, but thankfully it seems to be one of the quirks that hasn’t been worked out yet since Apple released the Verizon iPhone.
At least I hope that’s what it is.