Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max support dual-frequency GPS for greater location accuracy. This is the first time Apple has added this feature to its products.
Dual-frequency GPS is not a new technology. Select Android phones launched as far back as 2018 have had it, though it has not exactly gone mainstream yet.
What is dual-frequency GPS?
As the name indicates, your iPhone will receive signals from two satellites operating at different frequencies in dual-frequency GPS. This allows for greater location accuracy.
Typically, phones with single-frequency GPS use the L1 frequency band. But devices with dual-frequency GPS can receive signals from both L1 and L5 satellites. The latter band has more bandwidth and can better pass through buildings and other obstacles.
The Apple Watch Ultra also supports dual-frequency GPS for greater location accuracy.
Dual-frequency GPS has nothing to do with iPhone 14’s satellite connectivity. The feature is limited to the Pro models despite the entire iPhone 14 lineup featuring Emergency SOS with satellite. The non-Pro models only support single-frequency GPS along with GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou.
iPhone 14 series also feature Bluetooth 5.3
Apart from dual-frequency GPS, the new iPhones feature Bluetooth 5.3. Interestingly, they miss out on Wi-Fi 6E support that promises higher bandwidth and lower latency. The latest Wi-Fi connectivity standard has become commonplace on flagship Android phones, but Apple has so far yet to adopt it across its iPhone, iPad, and MacBook lineup.
Dual-frequency GPS will not drastically improve the navigation experience on your iPhone 14 Pro. But, it will help with more precise location data and accuracy in challenging conditions. This is a quality of life improvement feature. You won’t feel the change immediately but will appreciate it if you ever go back to using a phone with single-frequency GPS.