Moscow, Russia: Apple picked Russia’s Glonass navigation system to run alongside GPS in its latest iPhone 4S models. This news has created a sensation on the Russian Internet and made the front page of the respected Vedomosti, a Russian business daily. The daily said, “If the iPhone 4S really does have Glonass navigation, this would be the first time the Russian system reached the world market.”
In addition, the daily quoted a company spokesman as saying that the phones became 50 percent more reliable with the Russian invention on board.
The Glonass system has struggled through many delays and cost overruns that was additionally hurt last year by the loss of three satellites in a botched launch. It is less precise than its rival but relies on a different set of satellites that could work in some cities where the US system is less effective.
Source: GPS Daily