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Sun Jul 1, 2012, 05:51 PM

Just turned on an Ipad for first time configuration bought in another country...

My question is, how does it know i'm here?

A friend of mine brought me an iPad from Norway bought in a store, never opened, never turned on. I'm in Germany right now and turned it on to configure it. It's the 32gb version WiFi only. The first thing that happens when i turn it on, is that it suggests Germany as a locale and German language. This is the absolute first thing in the configuration, long before i came to the wifi, which is a locked network.

How does it figure where i am? Can it get the location of locked WiFi-networks around me ?

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Reply Just turned on an Ipad for first time configuration bought in another country... (Original post)
Lars77 Jul 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #1
Lars77 Jul 2012 #4
OffWithTheirHeads Jul 2012 #2
Lars77 Jul 2012 #3
cbayer Jul 2012 #5
REP Jul 2012 #6
Kablooie Jul 2012 #7

Response to Lars77 (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 05:55 PM

1. My iPad knows where it is (through GPS?), and doesn't seem to care if WiFi is on or off.

The various constellation viewing apps don't care if there's signal or not.

Other than that, if Norway and Germany are the same timezone, maybe Germany comes up as the dominant country (and thus preset) for units delivered to Norway.

I, too, am curious and mine thoughts are but guesses.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 05:58 PM

4. I've never seen that happen, and we also don't share a common language..

The only thing i can figure is that it got some info out of one of the wifi networks (all locked) in my neighbourhood and figured out the location.

I dont think the GPS could figure out my position (inside a brick building) literally seconds after switching on for the first time? My TomTom takes like 30 seconds from when i switch it on, way longer if i turn it on in a different location than i was when i turned it off.

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Response to Lars77 (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 05:55 PM

2. Steve Jobs knows where you are!

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 05:56 PM

3. I knew he wasn't dead, they got his head a damn jar like in Futurama.

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Response to Lars77 (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 06:05 PM

5. GPS

You are going to love that feature if you travel.

Enjoy!

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Response to cbayer (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 08:51 PM

6. Correct.

Here's a screenshot of my iPad 1 showing the GPS indicators - the one on the upper right is not specific to the Map app:

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Response to Lars77 (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:48 AM

7. Your internet IP address reveals your country.

That's how web sites can block computers coming from specific countries.

If you log onto the Internet in a different country your computer will be assigned an IP address from that country.

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