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KyleM
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New here, actually just received my Mavic Pro 2 days ago.  I feel like I am off to a great start and I am absolutely in love with this thing (my first drone)!  Hoping someone could maybe help me out with an Ipad Mini4 question.  Currently I am flying my mavic with my iphone 7+, it works but id like a bigger screen.  I have already ordered the tablet holder that goes into the mavic remote.  I am having a hard time deciding what tablet to buy.  I am a Mac guy so I would much rather stick with that.  Can I just go to the store and buy a Ipad mini or do I need to get one through my cell phone provider with cell service?  I am willing to get what ever I need that will work best for the mavic.  Any help is much appreciated.  Thanks y'all!
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Airobotix
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iPad 4 mini and you don't need a tablet holder.
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dspecgsx
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Agreed, mini will work fine.  I use the Air2 with special holder.
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KyleM
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So you don't need cellular service in order to fly?  I thought that's what gave you your GPS.
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Mari
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iPad Mini 4 fits perfect in the RC, no need for a tablet holder. One advice: remove and do not use the micro-usb/lightning cable provided by DJI but use on to connect your iPad via the bottom USB-connector.
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calmari
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Don't quote me on this but without cellular on the device there will be some restrictions. You won't have maps. Fix for this is to cache maps or hotspot to your phone. 'Follow me' won't work, not sure if 'hotspotting' fixes this also. I'm sure there was a 3rd restriction I read about but I can't think of it at the moment.
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Also, you can not Facebook live either.
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I actually grabbed a slightly used iPad mini 4 cellular model on Ebay.  There is no sim card in the unit, but it still has the GPS chip.  You can tether to your phone if you wish.
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KyleM Posted at 2017-8-12 13:08
So you don't need cellular service in order to fly?  I thought that's what gave you your GPS.

Mine does not have cellular.  Wifi iPad Air2 only.  I do not tether it and it does work in follow me mode.  Maps are cached.  And GPS does work.

Mavic Goggles does not have cellular and it works fine also (without a phone or tablet) otherwise why would they sell it?
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DJI Thor
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Mobile device with 6.5-8.5mm for the thickness,160mm for the length can fit Mavic Pro's RC.
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ShadyDealer
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iPad Mini 4 actually fits better than an iPad Mini 2 even though its a couple of mm wider/longer. The thickness of the mini 4 is slimmer and glides into place. No additional pieces of plastic required!
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KyleM
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Thanks for the input everyone.  I'm going to go with the cellular model.
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calmari
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dspecgsx Posted at 2017-8-12 18:54
Mine does not have cellular.  Wifi iPad Air2 only.  I do not tether it and it does work in follow me mode.  Maps are cached.  And GPS does work.

Mavic Goggles does not have cellular and it works fine also (without a phone or tablet) otherwise why would they sell it?

I'm curious how the 'Follow Me' mode is working on yours if your device is not cellular?!?! Where is it getting GPS from I wonder.
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calmari Posted at 2017-8-13 03:42
I'm curious how the 'Follow Me' mode is working on yours if your device is not cellular?!?! Where is it getting GPS from I wonder.

You are correct.  I meant active track works.  Follow me does not work.  Sorry about the confusion.
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alex_markov
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A word of caution - iPad mini 4 is great (i fly with it), but I tried 2 beta's of IOS 11 and both times I had a choppy video feed from Mavic and whenever tried screen recorder - "mobile device cpu fully loaded...".
I know beta is beta, but what bugs me if CPU (A8) is not powerful enough for next IOS/next DJI GO 4 and next update we might see "this app is not supported on this device";) as on many other apple devices :(
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dspecgsx Posted at 2017-8-12 18:54
Mine does not have cellular.  Wifi iPad Air2 only.  I do not tether it and it does work in follow me mode.  Maps are cached.  And GPS does work.

Mavic Goggles does not have cellular and it works fine also (without a phone or tablet) otherwise why would they sell it?

The GPS your experiencing is in the aircraft..You don't NEED a GPS mini to fly but its highly recommended..
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KyleM Posted at 2017-8-13 02:39
Thanks for the input everyone.  I'm going to go with the cellular model.

Good move..Having the GPS is much better than not.
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calmari Posted at 2017-8-13 03:42
I'm curious how the 'Follow Me' mode is working on yours if your device is not cellular?!?! Where is it getting GPS from I wonder.

It doesn't work..I caught that too
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dspecgsx Posted at 2017-8-13 06:29
You are correct.  I meant active track works.  Follow me does not work.  Sorry about the confusion.

Appreciate the update.
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KyleM Posted at 2017-8-12 13:08
So you don't need cellular service in order to fly?  I thought that's what gave you your GPS.

I currently use a Samsung Galaxy S8 in my RC. I always switch the S8 to Flight Mode (Airplane Mode for the Apple crowd).
GPS is on the RC, not the mobile.
All Intelligent Flight Modes work including Follow Me. The Mavic is following the RC, not the mobile.

You do not need a cellular service on your mobile device ... BUT(!) ... you would need to 1) log into your DJI account in DJI GO 4 and you will also have to 2) download your maps via your WiFi network at home before you can fly your Mavic with your mobile device connected to the RC.
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calmari Posted at 2017-8-13 03:42
I'm curious how the 'Follow Me' mode is working on yours if your device is not cellular?!?! Where is it getting GPS from I wonder.

Mine isn’t a cellular one either. Follow me works fine. ActiveTrack
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Bradders
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You don't need a tablet holder, however I recommend one because the arms of the controller need to be really bent otherwise. Something like this is very good. http://amzn.to/2wVqoQz
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ShadyDealer Posted at 2017-8-13 12:58
Mine isn’t a cellular one either. Follow me works fine. ActiveTrack

What do you mean 'Follow me works fine. Active track' it looks like you hit post before you finished typing? 'Follow me" and 'Active track' are two different things.
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ShadyDealer
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Both follow me and active track work fine with a standard iPad Mini.
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calmari
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ShadyDealer Posted at 2017-8-13 13:56
Both follow me and active track work fine with a standard iPad Mini.

Strange, it's not supposed to.
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