[aprssig] OpenAPRS iPhone Edition Announcement

Gregory A. Carter gcarter at openaprs.net
Fri Mar 12 10:04:39 EST 2010

Greetings All,

Over the last year and a half, we've received quite a bit of anticipation
and support for our development of an iPhone app that uses OpenAPRS's direct
client connection interface.  The day has come that the app has been
released and is available in the iTunes store!  OpenAPRS iPhone Edition
1.0.1 is now available for purchase and download to any iPhone or iPod
device running OS 3.0 or higher.  This initial release supports the
following features:

- Callsign SSID support.
- Ability to change your APRS Icon.
- Auto beaconing on a user settable interval.
- Custom position comment.
- Breadcrumb creation to show your beaconed positions throughout your trip.
- Auto centering map on movement.
- Ability to disable the iPhone screen saver to use as a map during your
- Manual coordinate entry if desired for beacons instead of using automatic
GPS coordinates.
- Supports sending and receiving APRS messages to your callsign + SSID. You
don’t have to be online when a message is sent to you, our servers will
store messages until you check them (includes decaying support built in to
OpenAPRS's servers).
- Distance traveled indicator.
- Estimated speed based on time and position change between updates (not to
be used as an actual speedometer).
- Built in compass that works on 3GS or higher iPhones.

Our next feature release which will be available in a couple of weeks will

- Station symbol overlays
- Rotating mobile icons to match course/bearing
- Search for stations by name or wildcard
- Support for metric units
- Position and speed addition to location beacons.
- Object creation

Development on an iPad version is already in the works...

Thanks to everyone who has helped with suggestions and testing to make this
app work!


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