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I live on a corner and my address is on the street to the left. There is a large frontage on the street to the right and when in my office at the back I am physically closer to that street. When I consult Dark Sky in my office it creates an address that does not exist to represent my location.
I have had a similar experience, in which, as I recall, something was delivered to the back porch (which is on the side street) with a bogus address on that street. My wife and I once spent some time searching Google maps for places we lived in the past, and it showed a few bogus addresses, which Google seemed to generate.

By the way, the Postal Service has digital address records, and sometimes those records don't agree with the addresses I've used to send things to people. Today the difference was between '10,100 such-and-such highway' and '10,100 East such-and-such highway.' The mail seems to get through either way.
 



DuckDuckGo said:
DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps for Enhanced Search With the Same Commitment to Privacy
In our quest to provide the best experience for local searches, earlier this year we announced that we're now using Apple's MapKit JS framework to power our mapping features. Since then, we've been continually working hard on further enhancements and we're excited today to show you some new improvements.

Map Re-Querying
Whereas previously each new map-related search required returning to a regular DuckDuckGo Search page, now it's possible to stay in our expanded map view where you can refine local searches instantly. This is useful for limiting generic searches like "restaurants" to a specific area. Similarly, moving around the map or zooming in and out will enable you to update your search to include places within the field of view. For example, try a query such as "coffee shops" and zoom in on the map to refine your search.
 


A different issue with my iPhone 7, which is just over two years old: I noticed last winter that sometimes the GPS position would not be updated for a while, sometimes quite some time, as reflected in the paths saved by my activity tracker when skiing. Then, in summer, directions in both Maps and Google Maps ran into the same issue, with the position being "stuck" for long periods, or lagging behind. Sometimes it would lag behind for a couple of blocks, but it could also be for 10-20 km, which was less than helpful. This is persisting and was noticeable in travels over the last couple of days.

I tried all the remedies I could find in a search: restarting the phone, turning location services off and on (after 15-20 seconds), turning airplane mode on and off (after 15-20 seconds), and even resetting the network settings, none of which have appreciably helped. There was also talk of a "soft reset" by holding down home and power buttons for 10+ seconds, but all that seems to do is give me a screenshot after I release the buttons.

Are there any further remedies I can try? Or is this likely to be a fault with the GPS hardware? Would that be repairable, or is it the sort of thing that can only be fixed by replacing the phone?
 



When I was having GPS trouble with my iPhone 6s I found that GPS Diagnostic was very helpful in figuring out the problem:
I got the app, and it seems that GPS isn't working. I have no satellites, even outside with a clear sky (apart from fog and cloud), so all my location is done with WiFi and Bluetooth, which explains the poor performance. Is there a way to turn GPS on or off, or is this a dead chip or similar?
 



The GPS radio is supposed to be on by default. It can't be turned on and off separately from Location Services.

There was a period of time when Apple, in an attempt to preserve battery life on older phones, had the GPS radio off by default and only on by demand. This happened to my iPhone 6s in iOS 10 (?). It was very frustrating, because when an app like Waze or Strava or MotionX-GPS asked for GPS, it could take many minutes before the receiver acquired satellites and downloaded the GPS almanac.
 


A different issue with my iPhone 7, which is just over two years old: I noticed last winter that sometimes the GPS position would not be updated for a while ...
I had a similar problem with an iPhone 6 about seven months ago. GPS performance was becoming increasingly poor with maps failing to update. Sometimes it worked, but more often it did not.

I tried powering off the phone, resetting it, even restoring it to factory status. Nothing helped, so I took it to the genius bar at a nearby Apple store. I was told the GPS chip was failing, they had seen this before, and it was not repairable. I was told the WiFi is on the same chip, and he demonstrated that my phone could only see a small subset of WiFi networks near the store, while a new model on display could see many more.

Frankly, the explanation does not make sense to me, since chips should fail hard and not degrade over time. But I needed a phone with reliable GPS so updated to an iPhone Xr. And all is now well in GPS-land.
 


I decided to replace the iPhone 7 with a refurbished one, as I can't justify spending so much for a newer model when my current phone does all I need (apart from GPS, of course). Hopefully it will last another 2-3 years before I buy another new one.
 


Ric Ford

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I decided to replace the iPhone 7 with a refurbished one, as I can't justify spending so much for a newer model when my current phone does all I need (apart from GPS, of course). Hopefully it will last another 2-3 years before I buy another new one.
Does the refurbished iPhone 7 you just bought work correctly for GPS where the other one doesn't?

Have you tried a complete erase and reinstall on the older iPhone 7?
 


Does the refurbished iPhone 7 you just bought work correctly for GPS where the other one doesn't?
I haven't yet received the new phone, so can't answer that yet.
Have you tried a complete erase and reinstall on the older iPhone 7?
I'll try that once I get the new phone. If it works, at least I'll get a better price for the old one! There's also a 14-day return window if the new one doesn't work properly.
 


OK, I have the new phone, and spent a day or so getting it all set up and tested out. The GPS works on the new one, but not on the old, even after an erase and reinstall, so it definitely looks like a hardware failure. The new phone sees multiple satellites even in our apartment building, with nine floors above us. The battery appears to be somewhat old, claiming only 87% of original charge, but that is easy to have replaced.

But the nightmare of getting the new phone set up! First, it hung several times at the point of installing the software update to iOS 13.3, with the Install Now button visible with an indeterminate spinner beside it, with no response to touch. I tried the soft reset, which I think got me further. Anyway, after some more attempts, it started to transfer, but then stopped and told me to move the phones closer. Since they were a few millimetres away from each other, that looked like a Bluetooth failure, hopefully from the old phone, not the new one! So it was back to square one and doing the transfer via iTunes (I'm still on Mojave), which eventually worked, so I had a working phone after 3+ hours.
 


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