Working iPhone GPS Module Formally Announced

A vital first of what we expect will be many...

GPS is coming to the iPhone…

Following last week’s TomTom rumour (which has now sadly been debunked) official news has broken of a working prototype GPS module which will be released early next year by little known company, part foundary.

Dubbed ‘locoGPS’, the SiRF Star III based module operates with all jailbroken iPhones (including v1.1.2) and works by simply plugging into the defacto connector on the base of the handset. Currently the module has to use two different modes which I suspect will be automated in a final product. The first let’s the unit be detected on the iPhone, after this pressing a button switches the module to GPS mode where it can start locking onto satellites.

Currently achieving a lock takes approximately 60 seconds and the user gets a flashing confirmation light on the module once it is ready. From here a user simply selects the new GPS icon on the iPhone and their position shows up on Google Maps and routes can be planned.

To back up this bold prototype, part foundary has posted a video detailing the process and while many questions remain about topics such as battery life and future firmware compatibility, a highly appealing anticipated RRP of just $89.00 for its February launch suggests we won’t really care about the answers…

part foundary iPhone GPS page

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