Garmin Releases New 'Onboard' Turn-By-Turn GPS Apps for iOS

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this year, major GPS navigation firm Garmin released its first turn-by-turn navigation app for iOS. But rather than having all map data included within the application, Garmin StreetPilot relied on data access to download maps as needed. Garmin touted the decision as offering smaller and quicker downloads with the most up-to-date mapping data, but it also required users to tap into their data plan to use the application and could result in poor navigation in areas of poor or no cell coverage.


    To address those issues, Garmin today announced the release of several "StreetPilot Onboard" apps offering full map data bundled within the apps to allow for offline navigation.
    Three versions of StreetPilot Onboard are available:

    - Garmin U.S.A. ($39.99): Lower 49 states plus a number of Caribbean islands
    - Garmin N. America ($49.99): United States, Canada, Mexico, and a number of Caribbean islands
    - Garmin UK & Ireland (£44.99): Full maps of Great Britain, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands, with coverage of major cities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.


    Real-time traffic and fuel price data are also available as separate in-app purchases.

    Just last week, Garmin announced that it had completed its acquisition of German GPS firm Navigon, which itself offers a full suite of two dozen GPS applications for iOS covering various countries and regions.

    Article Link: Garmin Releases New 'Onboard' Turn-By-Turn GPS Apps for iOS
  2. macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    Seems a bit strange. Not that they own Navigon, i think they should focus all resources on that app.
  3. Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    Probably brand recognition and loyalty.

    If I didn't read these forums I wouldn't know about Navigon and when I would go to buy a GPS app I'd probably search for Garmin as I know and trust their phyical gps'.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    So rather than FIX the current app and make it work the way it should, they're just going to screw everyone who bought it and hope they pay AGAIN for new apps by a company that has shown they don't know how to do apps and don't care about their company. Smart thinking there, Garmin. I'll stick with Magellan, thanks, jerk faces.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
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    50$. I will keep using the streets and maps app on my iphone
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    I wonder if this moves spells a "new" set of apps to merge the Navigon and Garmin apps into one. I love Garmin from back in the day, but they failed to show up to the iOS app party because they got focused on the "nuvifone" (big mistake). Navigon quickly became the leader in the iOS marketplace by being first and providing the most comprehensive features. In time I have come to prefer Navigon to my old Garmin. Now I am a bit worried about what direction Garmin is going to take.

    The best thing Garmin could do for iOS is offer the same app under two names. Keep the Navigon app, and do a rebranding of it as "Garmin Mobile Navigator" so folks who know the "Garmin" name will find it, but folks who have become loyal "Navigon" users are not turned away.

    If they attempt to pull the rug out from under the Navigon app, then they have been foolish in acquiring Navigon -- they could lose a large portion of the customer base they just acquired.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    Pretty interesting that Garmin now owns Navigon. I have a Garmin GPS for my car and I love it.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2010
    I still have a Navigon stand alone GPS unit in my car, and was not happy when the company pulled out of the stand alone market to focus on the smart phone market. (pulling support for my stand alone unit, which was supposed to have 3 years of free map updates)

    I did purchase the iPhone Navigon app as I do like the UI, but if support is pulled again I don't think I would put any tru$t in Garmin either...
  9. macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2010
    Wimbledon, UK
    Considering the exchange rate is currently USD1.63 = UKL1, even allowing for 20% VAT in the UK that's a pretty shocking mark up. :mad:
  10. macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    I guess this just proves that if you're late to the party, buy the leader and your all good.

    Seriously, my first comment when reading this was "NOOOOO!!!!" I had a Garmin stand along GPS, but fell in love with Navigon when I bought my iPhone. It was one of the first apps I purchased (Tom Tom suggested the stupid $100 car kit, WHY!!!). Navigon isn't perfect but it's damn close. Let's hope and pray that Garmin expands on the app, not destroy it like Adobe destroyed GoLive, PageMaker and Dreamweaver (but I'm not bitter, hehe)
  11. macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2005
    North Salt Lake, Utah
    Garmin charges $59.99, $79.99 and £33.99 respectively for the City Navigator NT maps for their standalone sat navs.

    So the standalone unit mapping is more for US customers, but the iPhone mapping is more for UK customers... :confused:
  12. macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
  13. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    They said it covered the "lower 49", which leaves out Alaska.

    They could've said "lower 48" and left out Hawaii as well.
  14. macrumors 68030


    Sep 8, 2003
    So the new apps have an updated (likely improved) UI, and StreetPilot doesn't have that.

    But now StreetPilot is 60$, priced higher than any of the new apps. What the hell are they thinking? If it is because of the upcoming update, don't you release the update with the features before asking for more money? Really, Garmin?
  15. *LTD*, Aug 2, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011

    macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    THIS. This 1000x.

    IMHO here's nothing wrong with Street Pilot. It works very well. HOWEVER, why not simply fix it? Does this mean that Street Pilot will be left to rot?

    Gamin . . .:rolleyes: So much potential and they're half-assing it.

    I might switch back to TomTom and be done with Garmin. We'll see.
  16. macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2008
    I know this is off Topic, But Seriously... IMHO GoLive and PageMaker needed killing off as soon as possible. Especially PageMaker!!! It was a god awful application. As for dreamweaver, I still use it on a daily basis and I'm really happy with it. Ive tried many other HTML editors like Coda, Hype and BBE but still end up going back to Dreamweaver... Then again, I still use Quark Xpress, so who am I to comment! :eek:

    So bac to topic, Carry on...
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    I guess I should have qualified my comment - the original Garmin Streetpilot app does work, and I've even defended it that way, but it doesn't work the way people want, which is with onboard maps. I liked the interface, its routing, etc. I think it was the best when it comes to that. But it EATS data - if you're on a 200mb plan, absolutely DO NOT get that app! I don't see why they couldn't have swallowed their pride, and a little profit, and made and all-new app to replace and update the old version with rather than just make a second app all together. This is just yet another bad business move that makes Garmin look awful. Imagine the good will they could have generated if they'd replaced everyone's old version with this new app that does what everyone had been asking for? It would be all over the place. Now, I'm betting there will be a lot of complaints like mine.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    Staying off topic, sorry... I used to use PageMaker and completely agree. InDesign isn't perfect either but it's a huge improvement over RageMaker.
  19. macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I may be giving this a try today. I had bought the Street Pilot app a few months back and was disappointed in the fact that it looked identical to the version I once ran on a Blackberry.

    This version appears to look like a full featured stand alone GPS that I have.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2011
    I know, none of you care, but that shot is like a mile from the house where I grew up! And the road really does look exactly like that! :)
  21. macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2009
    I hate the Garmin maps. They are sooooo ugly. The best thing Garmin can do is use Google maps, which are far easier to read. I have a stand-alone Garmin Nuvi in my car and I hate the darn thing. the navigation is not intuitive and the maps are just plain hard to read.
  22. macrumors regular


    Jul 23, 2008
    Actually, I care! I used to frequently take that route and I had the same thought. :)
  23. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Another huge fan of the Navigon apps here! I hope it thrives and grows under Garmin’s ownership. Great app, great features, reliable, and I love the iOS-like yet unique UI. Awesome on the iPad too. But for now I’m a bit nervous about its fate...

    At the same time, I’m glad the platform has yet another non-network-dependent option now. Google-style network-dependent navigation is a terrible idea. You could write a sitcom about the people I’ve seen using the Android’s built in guidance :D (which, I’ll admit, is nice for the price of free—unless you get lost somewhere you don’t want to be). And that’s in a major city. Out in the boonies, navigation is even more vital, and cell coverage is even more sparse.
  24. macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
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    I just hope they keep that hot australian girl's voice for giving directions :). Lol
  25. macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    I haven't tried Navigon.

    Would any of you recommend it?

    I've already tried TomTom, MotionX GPS Drive, and StreetPilot. StreetPilot is my preference at the moment, given its great UI. It's a bit of a resource hog, but I don't really mind.

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