According to iPhoneclub.nl (Google Translation), four regional versions of TomTom's highly anticipated turn-by-turn GPS navigation app has been released on Apple's New Zealand and Australian App Stores. Each app [App Store] has maps for one region of the world, including U.S. & Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. (Note: These links only work if you have set your iTunes Store to New Zealand in iTunes.) Update: All four of the regional TomTom apps are now available in the US App Store.
TomTom has announced that they will be holding a special media event on September 22nd, according to the Twitter account of Dutch news site Bright.nl's. While the invitation doesn't go into what the media event is for, it is believed that they will finally announce the pricing for their TomTom turn-by-turn GPS navigation app.
A new turn-by-turn navigation app, iGO My Way 2009, has been released in the App Store, with different editions for North America, Europe, and Western Europe. Following the model Navigon used with MobileNavigator, they are offering the app with no subscription, instead offering it for $79.99 up front.
If you haven't been sleeping in iPhone class lately, you'll probably remember the turn-by-turn navigation app that AT&T released last month. The app is free, but to make it work you're required to pay another $10 a month on top of your current AT&T bill. Most of you were less than impressed with the idea of giving AT&T more money and didn't bother trying it. If you're still itching to try it out, we've got an awesome trick for you! Simply call AT&T (611 on your AT&T iPhone), press 0 to speak with an operator, and tell them that you want a free trial to AT&T Navigator. They'll set you up with a free 30 day trial which will auto-renew. To avoid being charged actual real monies, simply call back to cancel before the last day. And that, ladies and gentleman, is awesome!
Navigon has finally released the full version of their GPS navigation app, MobileNavigator for north America. At $70 USD (introductory price, will rise to $100), you might wonder if it's worth the money, but it's actually a pretty decent deal when you consider most other GPS apps want $10/month. Still, it is a big purchase, so while you might want to grab it before the price change, it would be wise to take a close look at it before you do, because once you buy it, you can't get your money back.
9to5 Mac has pointed out an interesting discovery about TomTom's upcoming hardware accessory, the Car Kit for the iPhone, that enhances the functionality of their upcoming iPhone application. The device is intended to make up for the 3GS's shortcomings compared to a dedicated GPS device, but in doing so it makes up for most of the difference between an iPhone 3GS and an iPod touch.
AT&T is jumping on the GPS navigation bandwagon, announcing today the availability of their own turn-by-turn app for the iPhone handset line, AT&T Navigator, offering "map updates, speech recognition, ETA updates, more than 10 million business listings, real-time traffic alerts, one-touch rerouting, daily gas prices and more."
TomTom for iPhone got a lot of publicity at WWDC as one of the first apps to offer GPS turn-by-turn navigation on the iPhone, but it's not alone. Last week Gokivo + Yahoo! Local Search was released [$0.99 download | App Store], who has recieved a great deal of criticism for not advertising the fact that a $9.99/month subscription was required to use the service.
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.
After countless months of anticipation, TomTom for iPhone, the first turn-by-turn GPS navigation application, was announced at WWDC on Monday. Last year, they announced that the app was in development, confirming it again months afterward, but Apple's SDK didn't allow it at the time. Now it will finally be available following the release of iphone OS 3.0 on the 17th.