iPhone SDK forbids real-time Route Guidance (Satnav/tomtom software?)

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  1. Donz0r macrumors 6502a

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  2. hotzenplotz macrumors regular

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    I thought that TomTom was working on their app for the iPhone?
    I think that the legal mambo-jumbo has not been updated just yet.
     
  3. lofight macrumors 68000

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    This is one of THE top features. That people buy an iphone an get an excellent screen with the possibility of an excellent GPS system. And now they forbid this? Why?
     
  4. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    they are ... i wonder if: A) they didn't read this part or B) They've already talked to apple about it.
     
  5. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

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    something called....google maps.
     
  6. PoitNarf macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure exceptions would be made... if not the GPS chip lost a lot of usefulness...
     
  7. Piarco macrumors 68030

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    Does not do turn-by-by/audio instructions :rolleyes:
     
  8. Donz0r thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I really hope this isn't because of AT&T.

    Do they offer nav software for other devices?
     
  9. PhightinPhils26 macrumors 6502a

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    Actually I think this is a reason why. In addition to my iPhone I have a Blackberry Curve with GPS... AT&T has an application for turn by turn navigation called... You guessed, AT&T Navigator.

    Maybe this is why this is surfacing.
     
  10. Donz0r thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I really really hope not. whatever AT&T makes for the iPhone will not even compare to what 3rd party devs will come up with! :mad:
     
  11. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    Plus i think they charge by the month to use it .. ($10) ... thats horrible ...
     
  12. DreamPod macrumors 65816

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    Realize the SDK (and thus its original license agreement) was long before GPS was put in the system. So it made sense not to allow realtime route guidance with the crappy old location stuff. The agreement may change now that it's true GPS.
     
  13. Nykwil macrumors 65816

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    I believe it's for liability reasons, (anyone see that office space episode where Michael drives into the lake?) yes people are actually this dumb.

    I believe for liability apple doesn't want the heat from someone plowing their car into the side of a bard because they followed the instructions on their iphone.
     
  14. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    right ... cause apple didn't know that GPS was going to be around before the app store gets rolled out ... :rolleyes:
     
  15. samab macrumors 6502a

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    It's basically part 3 of the Sun, Adobe and TomTom trilogy.

    They all ported their apps to the iphone platform already --- then they found out that they can't make money off of it.
     
  16. sneeks macrumors 6502a

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    The update suggests that it is simply a clause to forbid the use of Google Maps with 3rd party route guidance

    Update: Astute commenter Austin points out that these terms are copied almost word-for-word from the Google Maps API terms -- which means that TomTom and others are probably free to use their own maps to do real-time guidance.
     
  17. PhightinPhils26 macrumors 6502a

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    To AT&T's defense, their AT&T Navigator is really just Telenav in disguise. Which actually works great.
     
  18. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    but whats the price?
     
  19. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    If you read the rest of that clause, it sounds more like Apple is covering their hides in case someone makes an app that uses the GPS (which isn't always going to give perfect localization) and people rely on it for directions/flying their airplanes(!).
     
  20. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    the new terms of the SDK relating to GPS based apps for navigation are apparently nearly word for word the same as the google maps api terms

    they may simply be stopping other people using google maps to do turn by turn directions, and they need to create their own maps database
     
  21. Diode macrumors 68020

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    Hopefully it will be loosely enforced and more for liability purposes.
     
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    These are word-for-word the G-Maps API terms, I doubt Apple will stop TomTom.
     
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