The jailbreak community is responsible for a number of iDevice enhancements and innovations. Jailbreak developers are constantly giving our iDevices features that Apple for one reason or another has left out.

A perfect example is BTStack GPS. The utility allows you to connect an external GPS unit to your iPad to use with mapping software. Don’t own an external GPS unit? The community’s got you covered there too. A new app called TryGpsOut will allow you to use your iPhone instead…

One of the downfalls of the Wi-Fi-only iPad is that it doesn’t have built-in GPS. So if you want to use the tablet’s 9.7″ screen to browse Maps and other navigation software, you’re options are limited.¬†With TryGpsOut, you can use your iPhone’s built-in GPS to help you navigate the open roads.

The new utility works in conjunction with the BTStack GPS package,which can also be downloaded from the Cydia Store. Once both are installed, simply open up your Settings app on your iPhone and toggle the TryGpsOut Switch to ON. Then just make sure the devices are paired via Bluetooth.

In my opinion, Apple should have included this, along with a host of other iPhone-to-iPad tethering options in iOS. Though, I guess if iOS had all of the features I wanted, then there’d be no reason to jailbreak. TryGpsOut is $1 in the Cydia Store, while BTStack GPS will run you a $5 spot.

Has anyone tried bluetooth GPS tethering on their iPad yet?

  • DarkPunz

    Why is this needed? I can already tether via bluetooth from my iphone and it automatically transfers GPS data to the iPad.

    • eKsiSLe

      That data only updates every 5 seconds. This is supposed to have a better response time.

      • DarkPunz

        Is that worth $6 tho?

  • Bytenapple

    5 seconds is enough to send your car off the cliff around the corner.

    • Jason Masters

      Lmao @falling off a cliff because of a non jailbreak gps iPhone to iPad 5$ solution sounds like great advertising

  • Percy

    Can this tether GPS location to the Mac?

  • Ted

    It turned out that the iPhone does not share gps info with the iPad using personal hotspot. It was a false rumor that started because it seemed like it was sharing it because once the iPad has Internet it does a really good job of finding it’s location based on near by wifi.

  • Ted

    I forgot to add that I have tried the method purposed in this article and it does seem to work. The biggest problems I found are that trygpsout does not seem to support multitasking so the gps info stops when the app is not actively open on the iPhone. Also when trygpsout it running it prevents my Bluetooth headset from connecting. Hopefully both problems can be fixed. Cool solution overall.

  • Christopher G

    does this work on iphone 3g running 4.2.1 and ipad 2 running on 4.3.3…. mines does not seem to work

  • ROD

    This works well with Golfshot GPS. Without this, simple tethering was a complete waste as far as GPS is concerned. Well worth the money.