It's been about 10 days now since we last spoke about TomTom's upcoming iPhone Car Kit, but it's getting a bit exciting now, with the device slipping through the FCC inspection with a passing grade. And although we knew there wasn't a ton of information to be had the first time around, we're still pretty excited by what the FCC filing has laid out for us. Right up front, we've got the TomTom Car Kit showing off its own GPS chipset. And if that wasn't enough, it also comes along with Bluetooth, for some good old hands free communication.
From one iPhone PND app to another: details of TomTom's upcoming iPhone cradle and its pricing have emerged, courtesy of a premature listing on Handtec's site. The accessory - first announced back at Apple's WWDC in June - includes not only a windscreen mount but a charger, amplified speakers, hands-free kit and separate GPS dongle.
TomTom has updated its iOS app to play nicely with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, though the company has stripped ill-fated Google functionality out at the same time. The new version of the app, v1.12, works hand in hand with Apple's own Maps app, showing up as a routing option in the iOS 6 software, but removes the Google Local Search feature as Google itself has discontinued it.
TomTom has announced that it has updated the navigation app for the iPhone and iPad with some cool new social features. If you get lots of event invites or check-ins from your friends that you want to go to the app can now grab data from those invites and check-ins. That means you can navigate from where you are directly to where they are.
TomTom has announced that its app called TomTom Places for the iPhone is now available in five different countries. The app is now available in Germany, Belgium, Portugal, and Denmark in addition to the Netherlands where it first launched. The app was downloaded 75,000 times in the first few weeks after the launch in the Netherlands.
The TomTom app has been around for the iPhone for a while now offering navigation to wherever it is you need to go. TomTom has announced that its HD Traffic Service is now available on the TomTom App for iPhone. The HD traffic upgrade allows the app to route the driver around heavy traffic and more. The update for HD Traffic is available in version 1.8 of the iPhone app.
TomTom have confirmed that their Car Kit - the optional accessory to accompany the TomTom iPhone app - will only fully work with the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, thanks to a limitation in the TomTom application. The app's limitation means that owners of the first-gen iPhone, together with iPod touch users, won't be able to take advantage of the Car Kit's integrated GPS receiver and speakerphone.
TomTom has been talking up its Car kit for the iPhone for a while now. Navigation fans in Europe can starting today pick the car kit up on the TomTom web store and from the Apple online store. It would be hard to have missed the specifications of the iPhone car kit, but in case you have, they are as follows.
The first early reviews of TomTom's navigation app for the iPhone 3G and 3GS are filtering through, and we can't help but think the software sounds a little half-baked. Over at Shift Solutions, reviewer Mathew's early conclusion tips the disappointed theme for the whole piece - "if this software is as good as Tom Tom gets, I don’t know why anyone would buy a Tom Tom GPS" - before going on to critique the quality of the mapping data and the app's sometimes bizarre directions.
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The TomTom app for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS has gone on sale [iTunes link] through the App Store, with versions for the US and Canada, UK and Ireland, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand all available to download. Prices range from around $74 for the Australian mapping to $132 for the Western Europe setup; that doesn't include the nifty in-car dock which has a separate GPS receiver and hands-free kit integrated.