If you have an “older” iPad with a 30 pin connector using an external receiver, like the Bad Elf GPS, it is very likely the receiver is not processing data correctly through this connector. After attempting to use Bad Elf with my iPad2 yesterday, I found that my GPS software, CoPilot, was not responding. I had recently updated my iPad 2 WiFi to iOS 8.3.
I sent requests for “help” to both Bad Elf and CoPilot support teams. In their very quick response to my request, Bad Elf stated:
Update (09-June): During Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote yesterday, Apple announced several new services that will be included in iOS 8.4 and available by June 30th. This release is expected to fix the open iOS bugs affecting external GPS receiver accessories. Although we had hoped for a 8.3.1 update or 8.4 release to launch much sooner than this, at least we now have a firm date.
Update (28-April): Apple released an iOS 8.4 beta 2 update to developers and beta testers yesterday. Unfortunately, due to the confidentiality requirements of these programs, we’re not allowed to disclose any non-public information about this beta software — including how it affects the iOS 8.3 bug affecting external GPS receivers like ours.
Update (Thursday 16-April): We’re still awaiting any news from Apple. In the meantime, we’re exploring several possible workarounds. We have confirmed that the beta iOS 8.4 released earlier this week has the same GPS issue. Some customers have reported successfully downgrading their iOS back to iOS 8.2, but we can’t recommend that process to our customers — it’s not supported by Apple and requires a complete wipe of your settings/apps/data. If you are a pilot grounded by this issue, please contact us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do to help. Rest assured we are doing everything in our power to get this resolved and will send another email when we have any new information.