It certainly is hard to believe, isn’t it? I had to read the headline at least three times myself before it finally sunk in. TomTom has decided to step out of the shadows and issue a press release stating that they have submitted an updated and feature-rich version of their iPhone navigation app to Apple for approval.
According to their press release via Engadget, the TomTom update will include advanced lane guidance that will operate in both landscape and portrait mode, the highly sought after text-to-speech, a “Help Me” feature that provides direct access to emergency numbers and directions to the nearest emergency providers, updated map and safetly camera database, customizable audio warnings, and iPod player control.
Alright, now let all of that sink in for a second. Are you ready for the next part? This update is going to be absolutely free, which it darn well should be considering TomTom has let Navigon and its MobileNavigator run circles around their current offering.
The update will hopefully be available in the next week or so, pending Apple’s approval. Maybe that $99.99 you spent earlier in the year isn’t looking so bad after all? I guess we will just have to wait and see.