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Change Location from "Always" to "While Using" Messages in this topic - RSS

Sammy
Sammy
Posts: 23

11/25/2014
Change request: Change Location Services Access from "Always to "While Using" so save battery on the backup iPad.

Justification: I use two iPads for navigation. One is active while the other is used as a backup. Before each flight, I start the app and make sure I have the latest database update as well as flight plans synchronized. The backup iPad goes back in the bag while the primary one goes in the yoke cradle. After a three hours of flight time, the battery levels on the active iPad and the backup one are similar(ie drained). It looks like the app is using GPS constantly even though it's not being used(I usually leave the iPad on the home screen). Prior to switching to iFlightPlanner app, I used Garmin Pilot which did not drain the battery on the backup iPad. The ONLY difference I can see between the two apps is the access level in "Location Services" settings. Garmin lets you choose between "Always" and "While Using" while iFlightPlanner has "Always" only.

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Steven Yampolsky aka "Sammy"
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John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 215

11/25/2014
Hi Steven,

Thanks for your post! We are nearing completion of development of iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.3, which will include the "While Using" option you noted above. The "While Using" option was introduced with iOS 8 and iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.3 will be the first version of our app to be released since iOS 8.

However, iFlightPlanner for iPad does already include the ability in the app to enable or disable Location Services (i.e. GPS) at any time. Simply tap Explore Maps from the Home or Flights tab, then make sure the upper left shows "GPS: Off." As long as that is the case, iFlightPlanner for iPad will not be using Location Services and should not be unnecessarily draining any battery. We built this feature specifically so that our members could turn off Location Services when not needed in order to save battery life.

Are there any apps running on the iPad that could be using Location Services? Maps is an example. On your next couple flights, here are a couple tests you could run to identify the offending app:

1) Before flight, make sure to double tap the iPad home button and swipe all Apps up to close them
2) On one test flight, leave all apps closed and see how the battery does
3) On a second flight, open only iFlightPlanner (but make sure GPS: Off is showing on the Maps) and see how the battery does

As always, we'll do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of any technical issues. We certainly don't want the battery on your backup iPad being run down unnecessarily!

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John Burnside
Co-Founder, Director of Technology
iFlightPlanner.com
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