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The Internets are abuzz with the announcement of an all-new iPhone, and with features like 3G data connections, new applications and GPS navigation, we're excited too. If you've been making plans to produce your own navigation app for iPhone 2.0, however, you may not be all that thrilled. A closer look at the iPhone SDK agreement shows that creating software for "real-time route guidance" is forbidden. This may mean that the creative kids at Cupertino aren't going to let anyone compete with the the Google maps solution it's already settled on. If true, companies like Garmin and TomTom, the latter of which has already confirmed that it's created a navigation app, would be unable to create salable navigation software for the popular touch-screen phone. Then again, you also can't do automatic or autonomous control of vehicles, aircraft, or other mechanical devices; dispatch or fleet management software; or use the iPhone for emergency or life-saving purposes.
Our friends over at Engadget may be on to something, however, when they note that Apple may just be covering its rear-quarters in the event people start suing for bad directions. Lets hope it's just a liability thing, because competition is always a good thing when it comes to new technology, and we want some TomTom on our new iPhone.

[Source: Engadget]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      still overpriced. battery still not on the fly replaceable.

      meaning, crap for the fashion conscious not working people.
        • 6 Years Ago
        what's with you people and your hang up about the battery? do you have to replace/swap the battery in your phone THAT often? I had a RAZR for 3 years, still had the original battery when it got replaced with an iPhone. The only thing having a replaceable battery did for me on that phone was give it a panel that could fall off.

        I've got an iPod mini, that I bought brand new (to tell you how old it is), and the battery in is still works pretty much just fine (ie: I can't tell any reduced capacity).

        You can charge the iPhone off a PC/laptop, from a wall plug, or you can buy a car charger for it. Are you really going to be away from one of those power sources for so long that you're going to kill the battery?

        And if the battery thing IS an issue for you, then just don't buy an iPhone... what's so hard about that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The single most revolutionary personal information systems device ever, that EVERYONE is trying to catch up to..."

      LOL. Koolaid shortage alert.

      It's a phone not Jesus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When it comes to its popular portable devices, Apple is starting to act like Microsoft now.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I've got an LG VX whatever with a QWERTY keyboard and an iPod Touch. I can type just as fast if not faster on the touch than I can on the LG.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The iPhone is overrated.

      Windows Mobile is a more open platform with no anti-competition clauses.

      Yes, Microsoft is more open than Apple. Suck on that.

      My next phone will be an HTC TyTN II.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maddox says it best about the iTurd: http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=iphone
      • 6 Years Ago
      Apple monopolizing iPhone apps? Get outta here....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Typical Apple.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure the Google Maps navigation will be great. But ya, I'm sure a company that has had several years experience in making navigation units would do a better job at making a navigation app for the iPhone. I'll still be in line July 11th though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's much simpler. Apple didn't pay for a license to use the A-GPS service for turn by turn, thus saving a couple of bucks pr unit. TomTom must buy one for each iPhone they run on (from Broadcom?), and this will form part of the price of the software. It will sell because A-GPS and live map data are better than the preloaded maps and unassisted GPS of a dedicated unit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm going to have to wait and see how this all pans out. I had navigation in my last car and I'd like to get a portable device like a Nuvi. I held off on buying aniphone last year becasue I knew they were going to improve it quickly plus it was way overpriced. I'll buy it if I can get garmin or tom tom like navigation. Otherwise no. Also needs MMS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      and THIS ,fellow Autobloggers, is why Apples FAILs harder than MS, Google, et al. They make MS's Windows monopoly look like angels. Steve Jobs is the world's biggest control freak.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That always kinda puzzled me too. Back in the days before the iPod when Apple was about as popular as athletes foot all the Mac zealots railed about how evil Windows users were because they we're enabling a monopoly, but now that Apple is the #1 monopolizer monopolies are a-OK. I guess that's just how it works when your entire identity as a person is tied to a well marketed corporate brand.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I will care when the stock drops and the products start to suck. Right now the products are awsome and the stock keeps going up. I love my Apple stock!
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