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TomTom Brings Turn-by-Turn Navigation to iPhone


TomTom Brings Turn-by-Turn Navigation to iPhone

Only a year and a half after the rumours surfaced that there would be an TomTom accessory for the iPhone TomTom for iPhone is here!

TomTom for iPhone will offer a customised version of TomTom's turn-by-turn navigation software, including IQ Routes. Sadly no mention of Live functionality, which seems like a bit of an oversight when the iPhone has mobile data access - hopefully that will appear at a later date!

Thanks to the inclusion of a GPS chip in the iPhone 3G (and 3G S) the only external gubbins now needed is a docking cradle which will hold the iPhone in both landscape and portrait orientation. The implication is that the docking cradle is a required accessory, which is a bit of a bummer, but I'd want it anyway if I was getting the software so it's not so much of a drag. Especially as TomTom claims it offers "enhanced GPS performance, clear voice instructions and hands free charging and in-car charging". Given how quickly using the GPS chip seems to eat away at my iPhone, that latter benefit of the docking station will likely be the most desirable!

TomTom for iPhone should appear on the App Store "soon," which probably means in line with firmware 3.0 and at an unspecified price, which probably means expensive. I'm going to be veeery tempted, though.

And now, a not-all-that-informative video:


TomTom for iPhone.


June 9, 2009, 5:12 pm

This is absolutely what I have been waiting for before upgrading to an iphone.

All is perfect ...... except for the price of the new iphone ..... GRRRRR!


June 9, 2009, 5:13 pm

Suspect the docking station will be in excess of £75, like £99:99.

Still awesome phone and kit though.


June 9, 2009, 5:32 pm

Love the idea but can why not have a bean-bag style dock? Personally I wouldn't be keen on having a very expensive touch screen phone attached to the windscreen by a suction cup... my regular TomTom hits the floor often enough on long drives to worry me and that's a damn sight more rugged than an iPhone.


June 9, 2009, 6:30 pm

so as i've already got a power secure docking cradle for my iphone and as my iphone is always connected to my car stereos 'aux input' do I need this cradle jobbie..?

if all its doing is adding a speaker and power then I assume not...? Then I can just purchase the app from the app store.

unless tomtom is planning to play dirty here...?


June 9, 2009, 6:55 pm

So this is multi-threading not multi-tasking? What happens when you get a call when using the GPS...will the screen change to the call screen, does it flip back to the maps after the call...do you lose guidance during a call? So many questions!


June 9, 2009, 7:36 pm

@lifethroughalens: What happens when you get a call when using the GPS...will the screen change to the call screen, does it flip back to the maps after the call.

I assume it will work like any I-Phone app, it just goes back to it when you finished your call.

Oliver Levett

June 10, 2009, 1:43 am

Is it that the iPhone GPS hardware isn't good enough that you need the dock? Or do they just want to make money out of you...


June 10, 2009, 2:00 pm

@Oliver: The GPS unit in the I-Phone is certainly up to the task, no external hardware is needed, in fact it's a rather good GPS unit that locks on very fast. Although your not meant to, I've been using GoogleMaps as my SatNav :), so if TomTom price it right they might have a sale.


June 10, 2009, 2:48 pm

Well it definitely seems to be dependant on the OS 3 {otherwise why would they wait until then}

"The TomTom navigation application for iPhone will be available via the Apple iTunes App Store, following the release of Apple&#8217s OS 3.0 operating system."


Wonder if it can be used with external Bluetooth GPS receivers e.g. for 2G iPhone and if want the GPS receiver to be in a different place from where you have the iPhone

Be cool if rotating the iPhone will automatically do the portrait/landscape thing - have always been more of a fan of the portrait mode {rather than the landscape mode preferred by the Go series} and can finally move on from using TT on a Palm T3...

Seems that others getting into the same act, though how useful the "FREE MobileNavigator Lite which will have all the useful functionality stripped out of it" will be is open to question...



June 10, 2009, 3:38 pm

I saw the keynote. The CEO clearly said the dock would be an option.

The application will be available in iTunes: you can't download hardware, and you obviously can't sell something that won't work until you go out and buy another piece of equipment.

James Morris

June 10, 2009, 3:49 pm

Navigon is also porting its smartphone sat-nav software to the iPhone, but again this will require OS 3.0 or the new 3GS.


June 10, 2009, 5:28 pm

I just heard the date for v3.0 firmware release is 17th June

and by the sound of it every Navigation provider there is has an iPhone release scheduled

btw... have you heard about the most recent addition to the sat-nav market; Navmii, It's awesome! I've been running it for months now on my old HTC phone... they have an iPhone release planned which I'm wating eagerly for cuz it's guaranteed to be cheaper than the rest


June 10, 2009, 8:23 pm

@ F@AssMonk3h

Thanks for that heads-up on the Navmii - they even do a 5800 version which I might try. It would good to see a review of the best mobile phone software on some of the best handsets.

Oliver Levett

June 12, 2009, 1:24 am

@Keith: why not just stick with Google Maps then? :p

Does this mean Apple have updated the god awful developer agreement then?

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