No TomTom Car Kit Compatibility for iPod Touch?

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AppleInsider has received word from TomTom that the company's iPhone Car Kit, just now starting to become available, will not be compatible with the iPod touch or first-generation iPhone. There is some uncertainty, however, over the exact status of the situation.
Since it appeared for order on the Apple Store last week, the hardware's Web page has read: "Note: The TomTom app for iPhone is not included with this TomTom Car Kit. The Car Kit dock is compatible with all iPhone models, but the Car Kit app only works with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G."

When asked whether the application could be updated to allow it to work with the iPod touch and first-generation iPhone, a company spokesman simply said that TomTom has not made any "public announcements."
It is not entirely clear whether the reference to "Car Kit app" in the Apple Store listing refers to the paid TomTom navigation software sold separately or the free Car Kit tool [App Store] released today that provides diagnostic information on the car kit. The Car Kit tool's App Store description, however, does indicate that it is compatible with all iPhone models. Regardless, TomTom's comment does not appear to entirely rule out the possibility of adding compatibility with the iPod touch in the future.

Many iPod touch users had been hoping that the car kit, which utilizes a built-in GPS receiver, would bring turn-by-turn navigation to their devices, and comments from a TomTom public relations manager had previously suggested that the functionality would in fact exist. There is also no word on the claimed car kit support for third-party GPS applications, although TomTom may not specifically need to offer any such support, as the burden likely simply falls on the developers of other applications to utilize the features offered by the car kit.

iPod touch users may ultimately have to rely on other solutions such as the PosiMotion G-Fi router coupled with GeoLife's forthcoming Navmii application in order to obtain GPS navigation capabilities on their devices.

Article Link: No TomTom Car Kit Compatibility for iPod Touch?
 

macduke

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This is ridiculous. Though I doubt that many iPod touch owners would spend $219 on the TomTom kit / software when their device only costs $199 for the base model. I got a deals email from NewEgg yesterday for a $49.99 stand alone TomTom unit. What a ripoff the iPhone version is!!
 

johny5

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you should stay away from the TomTom kit anyway. I bought one a week ago and thought that it was very poor. I do a lot of driving around the UK and have had experience with various sat nav units including great third party gps bluetooth devices and even with this car-kit the GPS signal was abysmal!
It certainly is not worth £100 and I took it back for a refund at apple.
 

CubusX

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3g & 3gs

Get it right. The 3G and 3GS are the only ones that have a GPS chip. What do they not get? It will not work with iPod Touch or 2G iPhone.
 

orion123

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Get it right. The 3G and 3GS are the only ones that have a GPS chip. What do they not get? It will not work with iPod Touch or 2G iPhone.
Actually the thinking was that the Car Kit contains a GPS chip too (to boost the iPhone's weaker GPS chip), so it would hopefully have worked with the iPod Touch and iPhone 1st Gen.

With Google going to free GPS though, it's all moot
 

umijin

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Get it right. The 3G and 3GS are the only ones that have a GPS chip. What do they not get? It will not work with iPod Touch or 2G iPhone.
Yup - this story is not an issue, unless the GPS is in the TomTom itself.
 

carnacious

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Actually the thinking was that the Car Kit contains a GPS chip too (to boost the iPhone's weaker GPS chip), so it would hopefully have worked with the iPod Touch and iPhone 1st Gen.

With Google going to free GPS though, it's all moot
I can confirm that it does definitely work with a 1st gen iPhone. I never got round to selling my old one and have used it with the TomTom UK navigator software. It seems just as accurate as it does with my 3G iPhone.
 

Oliver.m

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It wouldn't make sense for it to not work with a touch. I have a dock but don't have a touch to test it on. I'll try and get hold of one in the next couple of days to see if it works.

Looks like TomTom is in trouble with this new google navigation. However i would always prefer to have a navigation app which doesn't require a network connection.
 

ChrisA

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I've yet to really need a GPS in my car. Most places I drive there are street signs and I can always figure out where I am with just a paper map. It would be nice to have all these paper maps stored on a digital device.

I have found GPS most useful when I am someplace where there are no street signs, like out in the ocean.

Soon this will all be moot. Google's android has just raised everyone's expectations for what apps should come free on a smart phone. The base Adriod phone will have GPS and maps so Apple will be forced to follow Google's lead on this.

tom tom will soon become irrelevant.
 

lllll

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It doesn't matter now. Google GPS is going to kill TomTom and other GPS apps.
 

Cinch

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Why is that all tech websites are obsessed with GPS and navigation. It is the most useless invention since the invention of the Zip Drive. I put GPS up there with Sham Wow.

I can't think of the last time I visited a city where I wished I had a GPS.

enough already:D
 

Barbie

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it was clear that it would not work with iPhone 1 because apple only began allowing third-party hardware when the iPhone 3G was released.
 

Doctor Q

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Why is that all tech websites are obsessed with GPS and navigation. It is the most useless invention since the invention of the Zip Drive. I put GPS up their with Sham Wow.

I can't think the last time I visited a city where I wish I had a GPS.

enough already:D
Perhaps you have a better sense of direction than the average person. A lot of people find GPS handy in their own cities, not just in cities they visit. Perhaps GPS will save some trees since we don't have to buy as many printed maps.
 

bbotte

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When TomTom decides to include the app in the price of the $120 car kit I may purchase. I mean really, doesn't the iPhone have like $160 worth of hardware and parts in it? That mount costs like $10 in parts. The margin could allow it.
 

California

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I can confirm that it does definitely work with a 1st gen iPhone. I never got round to selling my old one and have used it with the TomTom UK navigator software. It seems just as accurate as it does with my 3G iPhone.
So it does work with the 1st Gen iPhone?

Because it does have a GPS chip in it?

Cool. Or not?
 

schimanke

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I recently posted an entry on my blog which included a YouTube video that shows the TomTom Car Kit working with a first generation iPhone. So it has to be compatible. You can see the post including the video here: Flo's Weblog

You might need the free TomTom Car Kit Tool app from the app store to avoid any error messages.
 

mrklaw

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It doesn't matter now. Google GPS is going to kill TomTom and other GPS apps.
google GPS is only free on android 2.0 phones. Of which there are zero in the market right now.

and while GPS is handy, I'm not sure free GPS is going to have people throwing away their iphones in disgust. It *might* affect some peoples buying decisions when its time to buy a new phone, but there are already other reasons you might want an android phone over an iphone and the iphone is still doing very well
 

macoutu

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ipod with GPS

I think, Apple has planed to put GPS (and a Camera) to the iPod touch 3G, and removed this features a the last moment.:confused:
 

peterdevries

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google GPS is only free on android 2.0 phones. Of which there are zero in the market right now.

and while GPS is handy, I'm not sure free GPS is going to have people throwing away their iphones in disgust. It *might* affect some peoples buying decisions when its time to buy a new phone, but there are already other reasons you might want an android phone over an iphone and the iphone is still doing very well
I don't see a reason why google wouldn't offer their navigation solution on the iPhone. Free or not.
 

NightwalkerUK

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Good god, its beyond me why anyone would pay such a ridiculous price for this kit when it doesn't even come with the software needed to actually use it, its like buying a mac without the OS!

Its far cheaper and a much better solution to just buy the stand alone package from TomTom if you need one so much, the fact the app uses so much space on the iPhone means id prefer to tackle it that way too. Unless im in the car I have no use for the app unlike many of the other ones I use.

TomTom need to wake up here, kit and software and it MIGHT be worth it though I still feel its over priced for what it is.

Thanks but no thanks.
 
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