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Ipad Mini 6 and Dronelink?

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  • David White

    I am a huge fan of the Mini 5 as a Drone display device.  To me, the size is perfect.  I fly a lot of waypoint missions for both video and photos and like to closely track not only the path being flown but also what the camera is seeing. To me, the Mini screen size is perfect yet without the typical tablet bulk.

    I routinely connect my Mini 5 to my phone's hotspot for internet access as required.  I do, however, have the Wifi+Cellular model since it has GPS and the Wifi only model does not.  Without GPS, the  Dronelink onscreen indicator for the location of the Remote Controller jumps around a lot and is not very accurate. Everything else seems to function just fine. Honestly it probably is not a big deal but it bothered me enough to invest in the GPS model.

    I do plan on upgrading to the Mini 6 primarily for the improved display quality and real estate.

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  • vg1

    Thank you for your answer. I didn't know the WIFI versions don't have GPS. I understand that this definitely excludes this version of the iPad from being used with drones.

    Or maybe there is a GPS adapter for Ipad?

    BTW In Poland, the price for 64GB was $ 870, and for US $ 649. 

     

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  • David White

    I briefly looked at alternatives but decided to take the bundled route for simplicity and perceived reliability.

    And, let me be clear, I don't think the display device's GPS it that critical to the drone itself or to the operation of Dronelink.  The drone and its GPS will fly any mission just fine and other than the RC indicator, the on-screen home point and the flight path seem to track just fine.  I flew several Dronelink missions successfully with my previous Wifi only (9.5") iPad.

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  • vg1

    Thank you again.

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  • Arizona Wyldwest

    I have the iPad Mini 5 WiFi only also. GPS has never been an issue. Unless you absolutely want the GPS it’s not needed for the drones position. Just doesn’t keep a good location the device like David said but no issue with drone. If there is an issue with the full map not loading in a rural area like where I live I just use a Hot Spot from my iPhone and it will then load the map. If needed I can adjust any mission to change anything. Then I turn it off and have never needed it to fly with DJI Fly or DL.

    I’ve been looking at the iPad Mini 6 too. An A15 bionic chip on the 6th gen vs. the A12 on 5th gen which worked great. Better display, 4G Ram vs the 3G on 5th gen and 5G capable. Overall even better performance for using with the DJI and DL apps. 

    Money was an issue when I bought the 5th generation but now I may upgrade to the newer 6th generation with GPS and a cellular plan. It would make it nicer overall and easier of course. If money is not the issue I’d but GPS with cellular plan. However,  It’s just not necessary. 

    Good luck on your decision and enjoy. 

    Mike…….

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  • David White

    Strictly FWIW - I don't believe you have to have a cellular plan activated to exploit the GPS.  I don't and it seems to work just fine.

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  • vg1

    Thank you - Arizona Wyldwest

    BTW How much do you pay to upgrade from Mini 5 to Mini 6?

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  • Arizona Wyldwest

    I paid $400 for my wifi only 5th generation with 64 Gig storage. The 64 Gig 6th gen GPS with cellular capability is about $650. The 256 Gig is about $800. Not cheap but in my opinion it’s one of the best Tablets available. The size is perfect and not too bulky for many other things other then just drone usage. I use my Mini to create almost all of my missions, edit all my footage, play some games on it and much more. If I was just using it for my drones then it’s a lot. However, using it for many other things makes the longer term investment worth it. I don’t buy newer devices all the time. When I make an investment I spend the extra money and usually keep my devices for about 4 years or so. I look at it as about a $160 per year investment if I purchase the 64 Gig. I keep all my photos and videos on an SD card and then copy to my computer so I didn’t need a huge storage device. The 64 Gig I have now has worked great and I usually have about 30 Gig of storage to use. The $150 more in price isn’t worth it to me since I don’t store my stuff on the device. SD cards are an inexpensive way to store items. 

    Also David is correct, you don’t need a cellular plan for the GPS to work. If I spend that much though then I’d add a cellular plan to my already existing plan. At least I have the option. 

    They do have external GPS devices you can plug into the charging port but for what they cost for a good one it’s not worth it. Also it may not work since the controller needs to be plug in to the same port. It Seemed like way too much money and possible issues when I looked into an external GPS module. 

    Enjoy.

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