This is a very basic diagnostic tool to allow you to have a look and see what information the GPS on your iPhone/iPad is reporting.
With our CamerAlert application we received a lot of bad reviews from users who didnt fully understand how GPS works, and that it is almost impossible to get an accurate location when indoors or traveling at 125MPH in a train. The GPS needs time to work out where it is.
This is where GPS Status comes in handy. You do not just get a good/bad GPS Fix indicator, you get a full readout of all the GPS data including speed and co-ordinates. If you have a GPS connection you will also get an approximation of your current address.
Note that I have determined the following GPS Fix settings:
- Excellent Fix = less than 10M accuracy
- Good Fix = between 10 and 50M accuracy
- Poor Fix = between 50 and 500M accuracy
- Bad Fix = more than 50M accuracy
- No Fix = nothing being reported.
Most GPS issues can be resolved by getting a good GPS Fix before you start moving. This can be achieved best by having a clear view of the sky.
Remenber when the GPS fails you drop back to WiFi or Cell positioning which will be wildly inaccurate. This is not a fault of the GPS applications, but the signal that your iPhone is receiving.
Also you need to bear in mind that some applications may work perfectly well with a bad fix if all they need to do is find your general location to determine what is around you.
Fixed an issue with determining your address introduced with iOS 4.3.3 Now if reverse address recognition fails the app does not crash, but will not show your address.
Other minor safety checks in the code to prevent crashes.
Ratings and Reviews
Just what I wanted but.....
Should have known pocketgpsworld (Great website) would have this in the store would like to see an update for iPhone 6/7 to take advantage of the screen size, also show the number of sats that we are picking up, no updates for 5 years it's due one we using iOS 10 not iOS4.... but worst of all it's still advertising Boris Bikes worth an upgrade just to fix this!!!
Edit: Dec 2016
Warning message from iOS 10 when starting up seriously needs updating, battery killer!!
Good app for basic info thanks
Simple, accurate and recommended
Give this little App 5mins of your iPhone's time and you can absolutely know whether your GPS is on the money. Works every time - try it but just don't expect it to "lock on" immediately especially if you're moving!
A little extra
I really like the simplicity of the app, but what I was really hoping to find was some gps info such as number satellites locked on to and strength from each. I can't find another app yet that does this but this is the nearest.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.