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TomTom not working on iPhone nav software?

updated 10:45 am EDT, Thu June 12, 2008

No TomTom iPhone app?

GPS maker TomTom may not be developing iPhone software at all, allegations say. A source within the company claims that despite public statements that TomTom has developed iPhone software, and has plans to sell it, there are actually no software prototypes in existence. The source adds that an e-mail memo was circulated through TomTom on Wednesday, with the message that "we haven't officially announced anything, we're just commenting to the press on a 'reactive not proactive' basis."

If real the memo may validate arguments that Apple's iPhone SDK bars third-party development of real-time navigation software. Apple already has static software in the form of Google Maps, and may intend to create its own real-time software; companies such as TomTom are said to be worried that if such software becomes popular, they will lose sales of dedicated GPS units.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Someone better

    Whether it is Apple or someone else...this feature HAS to be available.

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Aw Damn!

    Let's hope this is just a ['let's not piss Apple off'] sort of non-denial denail coming from TomTom. Besides, wasn't a jailroken version demoed at CES earlier this year?

  1. cvela

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good! TomTom is terrible anyway. A Google or Garmin solution (and I'm no Garmin fan) will be superior.

  1. mdad

    Joined: Dec 1969


    TomTom ALREADY does PDAs

    TomTom ALREADY has their Navigator 6 software running on Palm Smartphones!! It works great. I use it. It is now selling on sale from for $99 including Bluetooth GPS unit. So TomTom could do ths anytime they want at a reasonable price point. Statements like: "companies such as TomTom are said to be worried that if such software becomes popular, they will lose sales of dedicated GPS units." are clearly wrong. It is in the best interest of TomTom and other GPS companies to have their software running on as many platforms as possible.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Glad!

    A Google solution would be HORRIBLE. I don't want to have to rely on a network connection for navigation. I don't want a $300 data roaming bill for using navigation in Europe, every single time I visit Europe!

    And Garmin has their nuviphone planned so I doubt an iPhone solution will be their priority.

    Frankly if real navigation software doesn't come out for the iPhone, I probably won't be sticking with it. I'll probably just unlock my current iPhone and use it as an iPod touch.

  1. loudpedal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who's it gonna be?

    Somebody's likely to develop this app for 3G iPhone. TomTom would be wise to let it be them.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Shooting Foot

    Apple's SDK restriction on real-time navigation software seems completely arbitrary and wrong. How could it be anything but an advantage to let Tom Tom release their navigation software for the iPhone? Google Maps is NOT a replacement, with the aforementioned live network access requirement, making it unusable in any rural areas. All the capabilities are there to have an awesome GPS navigation solution for the iPhone, and other phone manufacturers have zero problems with GPS navigation software on their phones, so there's likely no liability issue. This is just Apple trying to muscle in on this software segment, or simply shooting themselves in the foot. An explanation would be nice, or as a shareholder, this concerns me.

  1. UnCal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's really, really

    NOT an allegation, unless not developing iPhone software is somehow illegal. You should use Ctrl Alt D more often, or else start looking up the terms your dodgy thesaurus suggests for you.

  1. frdmfghtr

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "we haven't officially announced anything, we're just commenting to the press on a 'reactive not proactive' basis."

    Is this the new marketspeak for "lying?"

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