Apple Updates QZSS, Japanese GPS Support, In iPhone 7 And 7 Plus

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Jan 18, 2017
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The iPhone 7 and its bigger variant were launched in September of last year, bringing quite a handful of internal variations while keeping the same design element. Now, the company has updated its websites for the two iPhone models in Japan, adding QZSS support (Quasi Zenith Satellite System). QZSS is a Japanese satellite positioning system that aims to improve location based features in the region compared to conventional GPS. Let’s see some more details on the updated addition.

Apple Updates Its Website With QZSS Support For iPhone 7/7 Plus Users In Japan

At this stage, there’s no news whether the region is already making use of the QZSS support. However, Apple’s website now adds the system to the two, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models along with Apple Watch Series 2. In addition to this, the website also notes that the QZSS system support is limited to iPhone versions sold in Japan. It is also referred to as the ‘Japanese GPS’ by its developer. It basically works alongside the standard GPS system in an attempt to provide accurate and faster positioning abilities.

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Complements GPS for a satellite positioning service that is more precise and stable… QZSS can be used in an integrated way with GPS, bringing the number of satellites to eight or more (six GPS satellites and three QZS) and making stable, high-precision positioning possible. QZS are compatible with GPS and receivers can be procured at a low cost, so it is expected that position information businesses utilizing geographical and spatial information will be developed.

The newly added support for QZSS in iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will allow users in Japan to make use of significantly faster positioning in contrast to the standard GPS. The system is currently operating but an immediate improvement is yet to be seen in user’s  experience of the system. According to the QZSS website, the company plans to launch more satellites next year at which it claims that “three satellites will be visible at all times from locations in the Asia-Oceania regions.” Moreover, a seven satellite operation will be launched later on for “accurate position information even in urban areas and mountainous regions.”

iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are very capable smartphones of 2016 and still lives up to their name. We will probably hear more on the updated support in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on Apple adding QZSS support on its website for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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