The new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max support dual-frequency GPS for more accurate location tracking, according to Apple’s technical specifications for the devices. The feature is also supported on the new Apple Watch Ultra.


As with the Apple Watch Ultra, the iPhone 14 Pro models can receive signals from GPS satellites operating on both the legacy L1 frequency and the modernized L5 frequency. L5 satellites broadcast a more advanced and powerful signal that can pass through obstacles such as buildings and trees better than L1 signals. With a combination of both signals, iPhone 14 Pro models will have improved location accuracy in apps like Maps.

According to the US government, there were 17 satellites broadcasting L5 signals in orbit in June. In combination with L1, the government says L5 will “provide users worldwide with the most advanced civilian GPS signal”. However, while L5 has been deployed since 2010, the government says the signal remains “pre-operational”.

The standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus do not support dual-frequency GPS, according to Apple’s technical specifications. All four iPhone 14 models continue to support other navigation systems, including GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou.

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