iPhone 4S Now Supports GLONASS, Apple Confirms

Apple recently revised the technical specifications for the iPhone 4S on its American website, indicating that the device now includes support for the GLONASS navigation system. GLONASS, which stands for Global Navigation Satellite System, is a Russian satellite navigation system analogous to GPS and was developed during the 1990s.

As per Wikipedia, the GLONASS network experienced a decline during the 1990s due to Russia’s economic troubles, but has seen a resurgence over the past decade with the launch of its 24th satellite last year, ensuring complete coverage over Russia.

Prior to this update, the iPhone’s capabilities were limited to assisted GPS. Apple has not yet confirmed whether the iPhone 4S will leverage both GLONASS and GPS to enhance location accuracy globally.

Currently, only the specifications on the US version of the iPhone 4S have been updated to reflect this new feature.

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