August 17, 2009
It's very evident that people want a solid turn-by-turn navigation app for their iPhone. TomTom's newly released U.S. and Canada-based app is already within the top 70 paid apps and still climbing. But what about iPod touch users? Apparently TomTom hasn't forgotten about them either, because according to an interview with TomTom PR manager Yann Lafargue via Mac4Ever [Google translation], the unreleased car kit will be compatible with the iPod touch and it will even support third-party apps.
This basically means that the car kit contains its own GPS that will not only allow the iPod touch to utilize the software, but also replace the iPhone's own GPS. It's worth noting that TomTom's current apps don't support the iPod touch at this time, probably to avoid any confusion until the car kit is released. TomTom also has you early navigation app adopters covered with third-party app support for the car kit. So, if you are unwilling to purchase TomTom's own navigation apps but want better accuracy, TomTom is still going to be able to grab a few bucks out of your pocket. Lafargue wasn't able to provide any other information regarding the kit's price point or release date, but at least we have something else to look forward to.
"It will work with the iPod touch and will also work with third-party GPS applications."
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