When I woke up this morning, I noticed that the GPS icon was showing on my iPad. The only app I had running was my alarm clock, which doesn’t use Location Services. It was odd but didn’t give it too much more thought.
Then I was browsing Twitter and noticed someone had tweeted that the new Google Search app (with Google Now) had a flaw, leading to the GPS being always on. Aha! Perhaps mystery solved. I checked my iPhone. Sure enough. GPS icon active.
I uninstalled the Google Search app from my iPad and iPhone. GPS icon went away.
There’s an active discussion around the topic on one of the Google Search forums. It looks like a number of people are having the same problem. A representative from Google has posed a “solution,” turning off Location reporting in the app. Unfortunately, Location reporting is what makes the feature useful, and people on the thread are complaining, with justification, that it isn’t a real solution.
Until it’s fixed, I’ll leave the app uninstalled, which is disappointing. I’d really been looking forward to having Google Now on my iPhone. But not at the expense of a huge battery drain.