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iPhone 4S specs show support for Russian GLONASS standard

updated 12:55 pm EDT, Wed October 19, 2011

Russian GPS network just recently restored

The iPhone 4S supports a Russian version of GPS known as GLONASS, an update to Apple's specifications page shows. The country only just launched the last of 24 satellites needed for global GLONASS coverage at the beginning of October. GLONASS first became fully operational in 1995, but a funding crisis crippled the ability to keep working satellites in orbit. Improvement in the Russian economy since the 2000s and interest from ruler Vladimir Putin has allowed GLONASS to come back to life.

MacRumors notes that GLONASS can potentially be used in combination with regular GPS, or in the 4S' case, assisted GPS. In theory this should produce more accurate location data and/or faster acquisition times. Apple, though, has yet to respond to inquiries from either MacRumors or MacNN.



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  1. facebook_Robert

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    ICBM

    not that its different from our own GPS system, but its basically a military system that can pinpoint ICBM's and works great for turn-by-turn car navigation.

    Only its not our system - its another countries - and that does make it different.

    Don't agree, when Georgia invaded South Ossettia, the GPS system went dark. Funny how that works.

    I don't imagine glonass is going to be popular outside russia, but Apple has business in Russia, so they'll support it. No point in having an iPhone competitor touting glonass support as an advantage.

  1. coldcuts

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    Helps avoid import duties

    This standard is included by virtue of the gps chipset included with the handset, not via some bolt-on, and is there to avoid import duties imposed by Russia to encourage adoption of the standard.

  1. facebook_Jakub

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    Funny iphone 4s review

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsVEbRt6g94
    Very funny review on the Iphone 4s

  1. facebook_Jakub

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    Funny iphone 4s review

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsVEbRt6g94
    Very funny review on the Iphone 4s

  1. PJL500

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    now...

    if we could just get them to improve the rest of our crumbling infrastructure... they could start with fiber to every home...

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