iPhone 14 Pro Models Feature Improved GPS Accuracy

The new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max feature dual-frequency GPS support for more accurate location tracking, according to Apple's tech specs for the devices. The functionality is also supported on the new Apple Watch Ultra.

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As with the Apple Watch Ultra, iPhone 14 Pro models can receive signals from GPS satellites operating on both the legacy L1 frequency and modernized L5 frequency. L5 satellites broadcast a more advanced, higher power signal that can better travel through obstacles like buildings and trees compared to L1 signals. With a combination of the two signals, iPhone 14 Pro models will have improved location accuracy in apps like Maps.

According to the U.S. government, there were 17 satellites broadcasting L5 signals in orbit as of June. In combination with L1, the government says L5 will "provide users worldwide with the most advanced civilian GPS signal." However, while L5 has been rolling out since 2010, the government says the signal remains "pre-operational."

The standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus do not have dual-frequency GPS support, according to Apple's tech specs. All four iPhone 14 models continue to support other navigation systems, including GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou.

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macsplusmacs Avatar
24 months ago
So this will reduce the number of times I see a "large blue circle" instead of an exact blue dot in Find My when following a family member correct?
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeeW Avatar
24 months ago
Upgrading our phones from the 11 to the 14 Pro feels like a really nice upgrade.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
24 months ago

Time to add an extra layer to my tin foil hat.
In the USA, Reynolds makes a heavy duty foil, usually used for Turkey Roasts.

I use that.

Both for Turkey and Hats.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DotCom2 Avatar
24 months ago
Clearly they are making the Pro's the stand out class.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
surfzen21 Avatar
24 months ago

First of all man never went to the moon so there are no satellites in orbit. All gps satellite ? are located on land & have to grounded just like all electricity ⚡️ to work
Also that ground is FLAT the earth is not a sphere like the maps would have you believe. ?
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WB2Colorado Avatar
24 months ago

"Pre-operational" means unavailable?
I think it’s military speak for “still in beta testing”
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)