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.
Weeks are flying by and it's time for another week in review. Monday we learned that a new hack was available from the iPhone Dev Team that adds MMS to first generation iPhones and tethering to 3.1.2 OS for the later iPhone models. We also found out that Microsoft is set to issue a new update for the Xbox 360 that will break unauthorized storage devices. That means that some gamers will be unable to access the saved game data after applying the new update.
Guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of English-lovers everywhere, TomTom's GO I-90 PND promises navigation "infotainment" with a double-DIN chassis and removable touchscreen slate. Intended to curtail the rush of buyers from PNDs to smartphone navigation apps, TomTom's latest replaces your existing in-car audio head-unit with a combination entertainment system and turn-by-turn direction system.
When it comes to GPS navigation, most of us would identify with the market right away several names. Garmin is one of the big names and right up there with Garmin is TomTom. TomTom has unveiled its latest PND today called the XL 335S the new navigation device has many of the features that make TomTom devices popular including IQ Routes.
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 problem with GPS solutions for many drivers is that they just don’t drive enough or take enough long trips to justify the expense of a GPS solution. TomTom has announced a new GPS device specifically for entry-level users who don’t spend much time in the car, but still want navigation when they are in the car. The device is called the TomTom Start.
It's fair to say that we've been watching TomTom's iPhone PND app more than its standalone navigators recently, but that doesn't mean the company's own development team have given up. TomTom have just announced their latest two models, the XXL 540S and XXL 530S, complete with wide-aspect 5-inch touchscreen, mapping for US and Canada, and the company's own IQ Routes intelligent guidance system.
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.
TomTom's PND app for the iPhone 3G and 3GS may already be splitting opinion among early reviewers, but we're yet to see how the company's dedicated car-kit fares. Even if you pick one up and find you're less than enamored with the TomTom app, the company has confirmed to Mac4Ever that not only does the mount have an integrated GPS receiver but that it is compatible with other PND apps. They've also revealed that the iPod touch will work in the car-kit just like the iPhone 3G and 3GS.