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New iPhone Locate me is just plain wrong

It was a fun day with the MacWorld 2008 Keynote presentation by the infamous Steve Jobs. He usually puts on a good show with some witty (and sometimes edgy) humor. Really the only thing that I took interest in was the iPhone updates. Firmware 1.1.3 has now been released, and I was quick to download and install it to my phone. Some of the new features are customizing the home screen with moving/adding icons, updates to movie watching user interface, map updates, and a few others. Back when I had my iPhone jailbreaked, I played with an application (which I can not remember the name of at the moment) that was able to use WiFi hotspots and cellular towers to triangulate my position to a relatively accurate position. Usually within a football field or two. With the new iPhone firmware update, Google Maps now allows this same feature, just nicely integrated in with the already fun maps application. I have a complaint though… it just plain doesn’t work. I am sitting here one street off of the University of Cincinnati’s campus trying to use the locate function, and where does it say I am? Well according to these maps, I am 54 miles north on I-75 up in Dayton, just south of I-70. Yeah… that’s a bit of a ways off.

Come on iPhone, this is the first really major dissapointment that I have had with you. I have not had the chance to take it out of the range of my WiFi and/or try other locations, but believe me, I will.

Anyone else having any issues with 1.1.3?

Oh… and PS.  What the heck was up with the Randy Newman performance… I was pretty much just plain offended…

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Dave from So Cal

The 3rd party app for your jailbroken iPhone was likely Navizon. I had tried it too and thought it was absolutely HORRIBLE. It rarely EVER worked for me.

As for the integrated pseudo GPS in the iPhone 1.1.3 firmware, I think its a HUGE step in the right direction? Is it perfect? Not at all. But its improving. If I’m sitting at home It can roughly tell me what part of town I’m in. But that’s about it. However just this morning I had to drive just a few towns north and every so often (while at a red light) I’d check and it was fairly close… and sometimes it was while I was driving past dead areas (rolling hills, cows, tumbleweeds, etc).

I’d say give it time… as more hot spots and cell towers are captured, it’ll improve its accuracy.

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