I cannot resist the urge to show you some pics (*) with iNavX on iPad coming across the Atlantic, from Mediterranean to Martinique. The sailor has abandoned his MacBook Air, on which he uses MacENC for several years with S-57 ENC charts. He switched to a 3G iPad, featured iNavX, Navionics Gold charts and the Apple app Numbers to write his log book.
For the skipper, this tablet is finally adopted. There remains the problem of recovering GRIB files, that, without ability of satellite connection in modem mode, is not yet possible. The GRIB are downloaded and displayed in the MacBook with MacENC.
Indeed, phone Iridium proposes a data kit for downloading data and internet, but only through a USB cable. Otherwise, the new IsatPhone Inmarsat offers a Bluetooth connection, but does not offer data service.
We must therefore wait for the next iPad operating system, and an expected Apple opening to external devices connection, like GPS mentioned in a recent article.
Wait and see…
(*) Photo and screenshots courtesy of C. Mahe.