BTStack GPS App Allows Users To Add GPS To Jailbroken Wi-Fi iPad

BTStack GPS for iPad

The Wi-Fi iPad unlike Wi-Fi+3G iPad model is not equipped with GPS. iPhone and now iPad hacking expert, Matthias Ringwald has developed an application that allows users to add GPS to their iPad.

Ringwald is the developer behind the popular jailbreak app - BTStack Keyboard that lets users of jailbroken iPhones to connect their device to a wireless keyboard.

With BTStack GPS app Ringwald has tried to integrate a GPS system to bluetooth enabled devices like the Wi-Fi only version of iPad that do not contain an onboard GPS navigation system.

Available at Cydia for $5, the BTStack GPS app lets you pair up your iDevice with an external Bluetooth-enabled GPS dongle. To get it working, users will have to first disable the iPad's native bluetooth functionality and then launch the BTStack GPS app. The application then checks out for external GPS units in the vicinity. Once detected and paired, the unit locks itself to the satellite in order to begin pulling the relevant GPS data. 

The whole set-up process takes a few minutes to be completed. But once this is done, users will be able to log on to other location based applications and use them in association with the external GPS unit without any hassle.

So if you have jailbroken your iPad and don't mind the hassle of carrying another device then you can checkout the BTStack GPS app from the Big Boss repository on Cydia. If you do try it out and let us know how it works.

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  • aggitated……

    Hello, this is just so noone can say first….

  • Mike

    This is the type of functionality that should be built in. I am hoping the jailbreak community will also add bluetooth access points (e.g. phone) and maybe further bluetooth functionality. It is just a matter of having a crippled bluetooth stack on the iPad so Apple can continue to make money.

    Haven't got an iPad now, but if I can tether to my cell phone via bluetooth like my laptop can, and also use my external bluetooth GPS like my 5 year old Axim, I might consider it. Still hate that you have to pay $200 extra for an extra 48gb of flash drive space just because memory is not expandable.

  • dwigt


  • I am really looking forward the jailbreak has more news stuffs coming。 I am counting on them.

  • TimW

    12 months time, ipad will have a GPS module
    What's on offer at the moment is still an infant device.

  • RDS

    Works like a charm. Spent $20 on external GPS and $5 for BTStack software for a total of $25. Added MyWi on my iphone 4 and now I have a 3G iPad. Saved myself $80 not including what my data charges would have been.

    Jailbreak FTW!