Sep 10

The Colorado MountainsOn a recent trip to Colorado, there were times I wanted to know exactly how high I was (how high as in feet above sea level, of course), and I knew this information was available on any device with a GPS receiver – like my iPhone 4.  But try as I might, I couldn’t find altitude data in any of the iPhone’s built-in apps.

So, while taking in a particularly breathtaking vista in central Colorado on U.S. 24, I visited the App Store and downloaded myAltitude, the first free altitude iOS title I came across.  And it was well worth the time it took to download with an EDGE data connection.

myAltitude is a free app from DJM Development [View in iTunes, App Store] that uses available GPS data to display current altitude.  Of course, you’ll need an iOS device with a GPS chip for the app to work – any iPhone but the original model, or an iPad / iPad 2 with 3G. While the app doesn’t guarantee exact elevation accuracy, it kindly provides you with a margin of error so that you can rest a little easier. 

The results were fast, and even displayed with no  data connection (a frequent occurrence in the Colorado Rockies).  I also took to grabbing screenshots of the app after shooting photos from a single location so that I would know the elevation at which the photos were taken when I reviewed them later (NOTE: if your location services are turned on for the Camera app, altitude information is stored in the photos’ metadata, but it’s more of a pain to view.)

So, if you’re going anywhere with your iPhone or 3G-enabled iPad and will want to know the elevation, grab myAltitude.  It’s a free and simple way to transform your iPhone into an altimeter. 

If you’re looking for a bit more geo-data, take a look at another DJM app, myCoordinates Pro.

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