iPhone Turn by Turn today?
Apple has a big announcement set for later today. We know there will be updated iPods made available, but there is a glimmer of hope for iPhone owners looking for turn by turn directions. Likely developers of turn by turn applications for the iPhone have been waiting for a software update that would provide two key components to make their applications work well… things like knowing the current heading and speed. While current location is currently available, the other variables really help make the application work much smarter.
To date, those extra variables have not been made available. Rumors suggest that the software update version 2.1 for the iPhone will likely include those items. If so, that would pave the way for navigation developers to offer turn by turn directions from the iPhone.
However it wouldn’t be out of the question for those software enhancements to have been made available to certain developers already, in which case there is a possibility you could have turn by turn directions coming from your iPhone later today. Granted, there are a lot of “ifs” necessary to make that happen…
… if 2.1 comes out today.
… if 2.1 includes the necessary additional GPS variables navigation companies are looking for.
… if Apple has partnered with a GPS company and given them some of the 2.1 components up front.
… if those applications are ready to go for an appearance at the App store later today.
Who might they partner with? Well, it has been widely reported (by us included) that TomTom is working on an iPhone application so that type of partnership is certainly not out of the question. Especially considering they may want an answer to the upcoming Garmin Nuvifone. Garmin themselves seems less likely to provide an app that will somewhat compete with their own device next year, however doing so might help corner the phone based GPS market. We also still wouldn’t rule our speculation about Dash building an iPhone app.
Lots of possibilities, and as of right now few clear answers. Stay tuned.