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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Confirmed: iGPS360 works with firmware 3.0

This is a brief post to update everyone on the iGPS360 module and 3.0 firmware.

As had already been posted on the previous post by quite a few users, the iGPS360 works with the new 3.0 Apple firmware (thank you community, for bringing this confirming news early for everyone).

I have finally had some time myself to upgrade a 2G iPhone to the 3.0 firmware and I can confirm that the iGPS360 module works fine on the new firmware.

The FAQ and product description on the Orange Gadgets website has now also been updated with this information. An updated section about shipping has also been added to the FAQ.

If you feel anything else needs to be updated or added to the website, please let me know.

I would also like to be able to confirm if any of the AppStore navigation apps works with the iGPS360 module; in particular people have been inquiring regarding G-Map, iDA, Navigon and Navionics.

If you have purchased any of these apps, consider getting in touch with me by email at so that we can officially confirm whether an application works or not.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The iGPS360 and AppStore applications

Long awaited, there now is a first beta version available of GPSSerial which enables the iGPS360 module to work with AppStore apps.

All credit for this works goes to Mathieu from xWaves.

Mathieu has worked tirelessly over the last few weeks and finally managed to get AppStore applications to work with an external GPS module (and this includes the iGPS360 module from Orange Gadgets).

I also shouldn't forget to mention Rodrigo from Portugal, who got the whole MobileSubstrate project started back in January. Neither Rodrigo nor I had sufficient objective-C experience to take it a step further and make it happen, but that is where Mathieu stepped in and brought the project to completion with a first beta version release of GPSSerial today.

For more details and installation instructions on the new GPSSerial software, please check out the GPSSerial post on Mathieu's blog.

In order to get the GPSSerial icon on your SpringBoard, remove the SpringBoard cached installation plist in /var/mobile/Library/Caches and respin the SpringBoard with the command killall SpringBoard.

If you have the iGPS360 module, make sure to select that in the GPSSerial software.

If the solution works for you, consider showing your support to Mathieu and possibly donate a few dollars to him for all his hard work. You can click here to get to his xGPS blog and then on his blog click on the donate button in the top right.

As with all beta releases, the current release is most likely not bug-free. You can report problems that you encounter in on new section of the xGPS forum. Needless to say, it is a work in progress. If you need help, consult the community on the forum.

I have installed the software on my 2.2.1 iPod (first generation) and 2.2 iPhone (first generation) and can confirm it works for the following free apps that I tried (make sure you have a satellite lock when you try it out):

  • xGPS (with the iPhone 3G GPS as the selected GPS to use)
  • Google Earth
  • Trailguru
  • GPS Tracker
  • GPS Ally
  • GPS Log
  • Zillow
I don't have US maps for iDA, so I can't tell you if it works with iDA, nor have I tried any of the GeoCaching apps. Maybe some other people (in Europe) can give feedback...


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Don't be tempted...

That time has come again..... if Apple's 3.0 firmware upgrade will come out on Monday, June 8 (or any time there-after), I would like to issue a warning....

To make it clear to everyone, if you intend (to keep) on using the GPS module on your iPhone or iPod Touch, make sure NOT TO UPGRADE your iPhone and iPod Touch firmware yet, until we can confirm that the module works on the new firmware.

The same goes for iTunes. Leave it alone till it is confirmed that it is safe to upgrade. The iPhone Dev Team has already posted a warning on their site last week regarding iTunes 8.2, see here

In order to communicate with the GPS module, a jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch is required. Upgrading to Apple's official 3.0 firmware will put your iPhone/iPod Touch (temporarily) back into Apple's jail until the iPhone Dev Team has released the new tools to jailbreak the 3.0 firmware.

So if you would like to keep your options open, play it safe. Leave your current firmware and iTunes alone for now and wait till the light turns green.