To the relief of a great many pilots, Apple’s latest iOS 8.4 update for the iPhone and iPad, released this week, fixes a major bug in iOS 8.3 that has been preventing the use of many external GPS receivers with apps like ForeFlight Mobile.
GPS and app makers say they have successfully tested iPads running with the new iOS version and all appears to functioning properly once again.
The team at ForeFlight released a statement saying it has performed quality reviews of the Bad Elf GPS Pro, Bad Elf GPS Pro+, Dual XGPS150, and Dual XGPS160 on a Wi-Fi iPad running iOS 8.4 with no problems. Stratus 1 and Stratus 2 devices were not affected by the issue.
The iOS 8.3 update came out about three months ago, causing affected external GPS receivers to be knocked offline. While iOS 8.4 has corrected the issue, it’s still unclear whether the latest software update might negatively affect performance in other areas. ForeFlight advises updating to iOS 8.4 immediately if you have been having GPS issues, but waiting a little while longer if all has been working well with iOS 8.3.
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