iPhone GPS app that shows GPS sat position, status, etc?

Discussion in 'General GPS Discussion' started by Alan Browne, May 17, 2011.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    I've been searching for an iPhone app that gives out the iPhone GPS
    receiver data for each satellite tracked. I haven't found anything to
    date. Bonus for one that records selected fields from each satellite as
    well as receiver state.


    Alan Browne, May 17, 2011
  2. Alan Browne

    Sam Wormley Guest

    Sam Wormley, May 17, 2011
  3. Alan Browne

    isw Guest

    If (this is the part I don't know) an iPhone can run arbitrary Java
    applets, GPSMid can probably do most of what you're looking for. You
    have to be wiling to do a bit of fiddling to get it going. It uses Open
    Street Map data and features a moving-map display.

    Here: http://gpsmid.sourceforge.net/

    isw, May 18, 2011
  4. Alan Browne

    claudegps Guest

    You have not found anything, because it's not possible to access to
    the data you want from the apple APIs in iOS.
    (This is what a developer told me... so I did not checked directly)
    So, it's not possible to write a program that shows the detailed GPS
    status (as far I know... and the fact that there are no programs able
    to do... seems a to confirm the theory :) )
    claudegps, May 18, 2011
  5. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Thanks, but that's not at all what I'm interested in.

    The program you refer to is just another navigator (I have 3 free GPS
    and 3 paid for GPS Apps on my iPhone ... and that number is likely to go

    I really want the data on the _satellites_ and the receiver channel data.
    Alan Browne, May 18, 2011
  6. Two words: export restrictions

    My guess is that GPS developers are so afraid of falling afoul of the
    export restrictions that they don't provide anything that can be used to
    reconstruct the raw, uncensored 3-space velocity and position.

    Wolfgang S. Rupprecht, May 18, 2011
  7. Alan Browne

    macpacheco Guest

    Nahh, welcome to the Apple way of doing things.
    They are very anti-hobbist, anti-i-want-to-do-it-my-way.
    Apple makes their stuff very, very easy to use for the non-technical
    But when it comes down to re-using the available resources in a
    different way, good luck.
    A writable DVD is only good to record a movie, but not for data
    backup, is one example that comes in mind.
    And even that's 2nd hand opinions. I have never owned anything from
    apple. Probably never will. Hardcore linux user (for everything).
    Plus there's the DRM thing witch I hate (a lot).

    Marcelo Pacheco
    macpacheco, May 18, 2011
  8. Alan Browne

    J. J. Lodder Guest

    Huh? You clearly are completely clueless about things Apple.
    What do you think that yellow/black cicle (labeled Burn)
    in the Finder toolbar is for? Never seen it?
    That's pretty obvious,

    J. J. Lodder, May 18, 2011
  9. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Mac OS X: What Linux hopes to grow up and be one day.

    Apple are far from perfect in my eye, but they blow away Linux on any day.
    Alan Browne, May 18, 2011
  10. Alan Browne

    claudegps Guest

    Why they should be afraid of doing something that any cheap receiver
    can do?
    Without any sort of restriction, of course.
    The iOS simply does not offer APIs for the data on the satellites. So
    the developer cannot access or use it, in any way.
    claudegps, May 19, 2011
  11. Alan Browne

    Joel B Guest

    We can start a separate thread on this but as you are an iPhone user
    with multiple GPS apps, I wonder where do you keep your IPhone when
    you run your apps. I have mentioned in the other GPS NG that I have
    been putting my iPhone in a ram-mount holder right behind the steering
    wheel. When the sun shines in, the unit heats up and the iPhone shuts
    off the backlight which makes reading the apps nearly impossible.

    I have checked with Apple (who gave me a 2nd iphone which I confirmed
    this with) and many vendors and they tell me this is not a common
    problem or something people complain about. I have also looked for
    fan cooled cases and have only found one which only works nearly the

    Happy to take this to a separate thread if interested.


    Joel B, May 19, 2011
  12. Alan Browne

    claudegps Guest

    You could try to buy a mount that can be insertend into the air vents.
    You iphone will be placed in front of a vent and you can use some of
    the air to cool the phone.
    Of course, this is not going to work is you use hot air in winter!
    Never heard about this problem. I have an iphone 3g (I use it in car)
    and I have several friends with 3gs and iphone 4.
    claudegps, May 20, 2011
  13. Alan Browne

    miso Guest


    I have the old version of this program. The author has been upgrading
    it. Just ask him for what you need.

    The old version works fine on my Blackberry. I don't think the Very
    Reverend Steve Jobs allows java apps on his holy Jesus phone.
    miso, Jun 9, 2011
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