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TomTom for iPhone


Note:You can now read our You can now read our review of the TomTom iPhone App. This is an older archived news story.

Update: You always have to wonder when the report doesn’t mention just “who” at TomTom they were quoting, but we seem to have more info now. There are now reports attributing the following quote to Annette Hendrickx who said this about running TomTom on the iPhone:

“We have tried, and it worked”

Yep, just coming out a few minutes ago, TomTom has (apparently) announced plans to release a version of their TomTom navigation software for the iPhone. They plan to start selling it for the new 3G iPhone, on the AppStore.

According to reuters, a TomTom spokesman said the following, but didn’t say when it would be available or if it would be available when the iPhone 3G hits the streets on July 11.

Our navigation system runs on the iPhone already


We shall see what really happens there. This doesn’t scream of an official announcement by any means, but it certainly would be welcome by many future iPhone owners.

20 Responses

  1. Don’t suppose there is any information about a Symbian or WM version?

    Luke - June 11th, 2008
  2. It appears that Apple’s licensing agreement will specifically ban 3rd party navigation apps from using the IPhones 3G connectivity. Seems that would apply to any plans TomTom might have for the IPhone.

    Gatorguy - June 11th, 2008
  3. I don’t think it is quite as black and white as that, gatorguy. Apple has licenses with companies like Google for their Maps program, Youtube, Yahoo for stock and weather data, etc. The license restrictions that those companies impose on Apple for how they use those apps are therefore passed back along to SDK developers.

    The statement in the SDK about navigation apps is exactly, word for word, the license for Google Maps.

    Therefore I think we can expect that the statement in the SDK terms is referring to how people use the Google Maps data. That then would have no impact on people building their own navigation applications provided they don’t rely on any of the Google Maps functionality that exists on the iPhone and “bring your own data” so to speak.

    If on the other hand (and I don’t believe this is the case) it is Apple’s intention to restrict turn-by-turn application then that says to me that Apple already has a partner signed up to provide that service.

    Either case doesn’t rule out TomTom building an application. In addition, Nav-N-Go and Wayfinder have also said that they are working on navigation applications for the iPhone. So I’m pretty convinced it will happen– from somewhere.

    Tim - June 11th, 2008
  4. This quote just came in via Wired from a TomTom PR person.

    All I can say is that we have tested and successfully run our navigation software on the iPhone and it looks good and works well. We’ll have to look more closely to Apple’s strategy before we can say more about what kind of opportunities this will bring us. . . Apple is developing pedestrian navigation demand, which we see as complementary to the already developed demand for dedicated car navigation solutions. With more and more people getting acquainted with navigation, this will also further grow the demand for car navigation.

    Tim - June 11th, 2008
  5. If this is true and TomTom does indeed release navigation software for the iPhone, I will be first in line to buy it!

    Paul - June 12th, 2008
  6. Another interesting interview here.

    Tim - June 13th, 2008
  7. From Tele Atlas today, founder Alain De Taeye said this to Reuters:

    De Taeye said he expected real-time, turn-by-turn navigation applications to be available for Apple’s iPhone despite reports that Apple’s rules for developing iPhone software appeared not to allow it.

    “We are making sure that navigation is an application that is allowed,” De Taeye said. “If there is any restriction on the platform, that indeed has to do with the restrictions that we have in our contracts. Navigation is allowed, provided that the right fees are paid.”

    Tim - June 30th, 2008
  8. any more news on the release of TOM TOM or any other GPS turn by turn software??

    BB - October 7th, 2008
  9. No new news worthy of mention, however we do still expect it to happen.

    Tim - October 7th, 2008
  10. Well I am waiting for this so I can sell my Garmin. I would pay like $100 for this np if the software is good. 519-666-6666

    Bob - October 31st, 2008
  11. i would like updates on tom tom for iphone, thanks!

    maritza rosado - March 9th, 2009
  12. This is so horrible, the company that overcharges…..AT&T…. is not bad enough? If I could use my Iphone on Sprint I could do everything I pay 130 bucks a month for for 70 bucks. Oh an I would have full turn by turn GPS on a Sprint phone. I just want Apple to stop screwing us around, they are already overcharging us.

    JermsBlues - March 9th, 2009
  13. Update, the TomTom iPhone App is real!. (See the few details we know of at that link.)

    Tim - June 8th, 2009
  14. Someone mentioned that they don’t think this is real because of agreements with companies such as google, youtube, etc.

    I think given the fact that during Apples most recent press release they didnt go as far as saying that their partnership with At&t is rubbish but they came pretty close. Apple has always been about the best technology and best customer service. The partnership with At&t was a segway for them to get this product on the market with a large organization so that they could better market themselves in the future. By doing so they put their beliefs on hold to appease At&t. Now that they have come to the realization that the iphone has a following and that the customers will follow it anywhere… Soo they are now going to do what is right for the customer. Google and Youtube are all free services that the user could use by simply hitting the safari button and going to the site itself. Why wouldn’t Apple augment their revenues by utilizing an app that would make their customers even more satisfied with their product, make them more dedicated, and make their company more money during the times that they are not upgrading to the new iphone 3gS, which is a joke but dont get me started on that.

    Robert - June 9th, 2009
  15. We’ve updated our TomTom iPhone App page (not this page, follow the link) with new info about the application.

    Tim - June 11th, 2009
  16. is it better than Garmin?

    Garmin user - June 29th, 2009
    • Well, “Garmin user”… Garmin doesn’t have an iPhone app so one could only assume it will be better.

      Tim - June 29th, 2009
  17. If they’re adding a hardware GPS I’m wondering why they’re not supporting the 1G iPhone – surely that would dramatically increase their market.

    Tom Keddie - June 29th, 2009
  18. You can now read our review of the TomTom iPhone App.

    Tim - August 17th, 2009
  19. received navigator 6 as a present. have no idea how to assemble it? wheres the screen?

    joel - June 6th, 2010

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