[aprssig] APRS Mobile 1.0 Released for iPhone/iPad

Tom Hayward esarfl at gmail.com
Thu Sep 18 12:44:32 EDT 2014

What methods does it support for authentication? You say it connects
directly to APRS-IS, so I suspect it supports passcode authentication.
What about SSL, like APRSdroid?

I expect authentication to the REST API to be some other system,
although using a LotW certificate would be most convenient [for me]
since it's already in use elsewhere in APRS-IS infrastructure.

I'm interested in hearing more about the REST API.


On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 6:17 AM, Gregory A. Carter <gcarter at openaprs.net> wrote:
> Hi All,
> With the release of iOS8 I have released a new APRS app into the Apple App
> Store for both iPhone and iPad. I have received a large number of requests
> over the years for an APRS app that connects to APRS-IS directly and I am
> excited to announce that APRS Mobile does just that and is available in the
> app store today.
> Features:
> - Beacon your position while app is in background
> - Real time position mapping of other Amateur Radio stations around the
> world with PHG circle plots, track lines and "Dead Reckoning"
> - Supports SmartBeaconing
> - Callsign SSID support
> - Ability to change APRS icon
> - Imperial, metric and nautical units supported
> - High and low battery drain modes for background GPS/positioning
> - Background beacon using minimal data
> - Focus on APRS tactical data, no messaging
> - View weather (WX) station data (graphs coming soon)
> - Beacon prediction
> - Packet statistics (packets sent, average time between packets, etc)
> - Maximize map viewable area by briefly touching the map to hide/reveal
> navigation
> - iOS8 Support
> Planned Features:
> - RESTful mode with option to use several different APRS API's including our
> 2015 release Mac App API
> - Enhanced multiple station tracking
> - WX scrolling graphs
> - Animated movements of stations
> - Object Creation
> - Tactical callsign mapping
> - Telemetry
> - Your requested feature here....
> There is no future plan to add messaging into this app, the focus is on the
> tactical value of station reports, however we'll be releasing an APRS
> messaging app in the next few months that focuses directly on messaging.
> Keeping functionality separate makes releases far easier to address issues
> and add additional functionality.
> APRS Mobile may be viewed at
> :https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aprs-mobile/id915387067?ls=1&mt=8
> I welcome feedback as in the next few weeks I'll be releasing a few
> additional versions that take more advantage of some of the exciting new
> functionality that iOS8 provides. I will also be slowly replacing all the
> antiquated icons, creating a new public github repository for everyone to
> freely contribute and share vector APRS icons and add any suggested
> features.
> In 2015 Q1 I'll be releasing OpenAPRS for Mac which will be an APRS-IS
> application with GPS/serial support, uses the same mapping engine as APRS
> Mobile and will offer restful support for APRS Mobile which will allow folks
> to run the mac app as the backend for a restful service for the iOS app.
> Greg
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