News today via Wired and MSNBC that TomTom has made their navigation system run on the iPhone.
We’ve heard many reports that various GPS manufacturers were working on an application for the iPhone, but I think this is the first time I’ve heard that they have it working. Of course the primary concern is that Apple will block the application for some vague and unknown reason.
I’ll be honest – if Apple isn’t very careful with the lack of transparency and mixed motivations for “approving” applications to the app store I (and probably many others) will be looking for a new solution that isn’t held hostage by Apple’s profit motives.
MSNBC recently spoke (via MacDailyNews) with several GPS manufacturers about their plans to develop a turn-by-turn GPS solution for the iPhone. While the manufacturers were unable to provide many details about their plans, TomTom reasserted that they do have GPS navigation working on the iPhone and that it works well:
“We have made our navigation system run on the iPhone; it looks good and works very well,” said Dutch-based company TomTom, in a statement to msnbc.com. “We will have to look more closely to Apple’s strategy before we can say more about what kind of opportunities this will bring us.”