Apple has quietly updated its iPhone 4S tech specs page this week to reflect support for Russia’s GLONASS, its version of GPS. This news, which was first uncovered by MacRumors, isn’t just good for those in Russia.
According to the report:
Far from being a Russia-only service, some current global positioning hardware and software is capable of utilizing both GPS and GLONASS satellite information to provide more accurate geolocation information with faster acquisition times. We have reached out to Apple for comment on whether the iPhone 4S can in fact take advantage of satellites from both systems on a worldwide basis, as it is unclear from the tech specs whether this is the case, but have yet to receive a response.
First developed by the Soviets in 1976, the system had been in disrepair until recently. However, GLONASS now includes 24 satellites, enabling full global coverage. Therefore, this news is just enough way the iPhone 4S is truly a world phone.
As additional details come in, we’ll keep you updated on this story.
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