Tech site NaviGadget is reporting that UK retailer Handtec is currently listing the TomTom GPS car mount kit for pre-order at a price of £99 plus tax. Although Handtec's product page seems to claim that that the TomTom iPhone application is included in the price, it remains to be seen how the software will be accessed from the App Store after purchase.
Google announced recently that the Google home page will now be location-aware when accessed on an iPhone. Now, whenever you go to Google.com on your iPhone, Google will tap in to the device's GPS capabilities to determine your location and give you location-relevent results. The ability to search with My Location has also been added to the Google Mobile App [$0.00 | App Store].
TomTom gave us a peek at their turn-by-turn GPS system for iPhone at WWDC, but we didn't know much about features or pricing. Macworld recently talked with TomTom's Market Development VP to get some answers.
Apple's stock Google-powered Maps app on the iPhone is about to get some unexpected competition. AOL has just released MapQuest 4 Mobile for iPhone and iPod touch, available as a free application in the App Store. Self-described as a "leap forward in how people interact with maps, directions and local search," the app adds a few features not found in the Maps app.
MobileMe users running the iPhone OS 3.0 gold master copy are reporting that Find My iPhone, a new feature Apple announced at WWDC on Monday as part of MobileMe, is already up and running. Everything we've heard so far says that it works perfectly, just as they described in the keynote address. It's good to know it will be ready when the 17th rolls around, when it will be available to all users of GPS-capable iPhones with MobileMe accounts.
The folks of the xGPS project have announced that version 1.2 of their jailbreak-only xGPS Navigation Software for the iPhone will bring voice navigation functionality to the iPhone for the first time. The app, which is still currently in beta testing stages, will be able to "receive verbal commands on your next turn as you approach it."
As you might remember, the Egyptian government required Apple to disable the GPS functionality in iPhone 3G handsets sold in the country. We assumed this meant that the GPS hardware would be permanently crippled or removed entirely, but it turns out that at least the iPhones sold in Pyramid Park still have the GPS hardware installed, and it's possible to hack it to get it working again. Instructions can be found here. [via Hackint0sh]
The New York Times published an article yesterday outlining the controversy surrounding the Egyptian government's requirement that Apple disable the GPS capabilities of all iPhones sold in the country.
The iPhone launched in Egypt today, and, as announced, the devices do not have GPS functionality. The device launched on Vodafone with 150, 250, 350 and 550 EGP plans, respectively. They start with 150 minutes, 50 texts and a sparse 250MB of data a month, and go all the way up to 1,200 minutes, 200 texts and 1GB of data.
Quite a few users have been reporting issues with GPS with the new 2.1 software update in the Apple Discussions. While it seems to have fixed the bulk of most users' problems like poor reception and frequent crashes, it may have created issues with location services.