TomTom for iOS Gains iPad Compatibility

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    TomTom today announced that it has released new universal versions of its turn-by-turn GPS applications, bringing native iPad compatibility for the first time. TomTom offers over two dozen localized GPS apps, which now include an enhanced user interface optimized for the iPad.
    With TomTom's existing apps now being universal, current users of the iPhone version can simply download the latest update and install the app on both iPhone and iPad free of charge.

    Article Link: TomTom for iOS Gains iPad Compatibility
  2. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    Hopefully it fixes the traffic subscription bug as well! I miss having my traffic since upgrading to iOS5.
  3. coder12 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    Yes! Now we can Airplay/Sharescreen the TomTom app to the 47" tv in my car and call it, "The largest GPS screen in the world"!
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Anyone have any thoughts as to how this compares with the Navigon app? I bought the latter based on the "one app for iPad and iPhone" ideal, as no one else had that feature at the time.
  5. RobDee macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    I really want a good navigatoion app.

    I have been hungrily looking at TomTom for some time. Now I have my 4S I can't help but be put off by those car kit horror stories. Will they bring out a 4 car kit without the need for an adaptor?

    Also, if I have data roaming switched off abroad, will TomTom still work with GPS only?

    I should ask TomTom, of course, but I'm interested in your experiences...
  6. shotts56 macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2008
    Yes, absolutely fine. I've used it when travelling abroad (from the UK to France/Belgium). The traffic updates will only come in if you switch on data roaming obviously, but the GPS is absolutely fine.
  7. RobDee macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    That's great, thanks!


    I also want to connect my iPhone to my car radio via Bluetooth. Does this mean I will get all sound, including music, podcasts, traffic directions, and calls going through my car system? And talk to it using a wireless mike?
  8. Rufus T Firefly macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2003
    Planet Marx
    be careful though, they say that the wifi only iPad will not work without any remote GPS receiver.

    The TomTom App requires a GPS signal. iPad Wifi + 3G models have an internal GPS. iPad Wifi only models and iPod touch 2nd gen. and higher require an external GPS receiver.
  9. cruisencode, Oct 21, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011

    cruisencode macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2009
  10. diegogaja macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2009
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    Motion X GPS is excellent on the iPad and iPhone. Has all the bells and whistles and is MUCH cheaper.
  11. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    Don't even bother with a car kit on the 4 or the 4S. For two big reasons:

    - The advantage in GPS accuracy is small to nonexistent with the car kit. The 4 and 4S have updated GPS chipsets that are comparable. The 3G/3GS definitely benefit from the car kit though.
    - The car kit's power supply is only 500mA over the dock connection. With certain brightness settings, you will still drain the battery with the car kit. I power mine with a 1A low-profile car charger. Audio goes over Bluetooth to my car stereo (A2DP).

    I've been using Magellan and TomTom on both an AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4. No real problems with GPS lock (other than a driver bug on the Verizon iPhone that got fixed with 5.0 for me). Handles multi-path GPS signal errors in downtown areas relatively well. Not perfect, but about as well as my stand-alone TomTom ever did. Never let me down during road trips either except when traffic was a minute or two out of date and I got caught in rush hour just as it was starting around a metropolitan area I wasn't entirely familiar with.
  12. zapnyc macrumors member


    Mar 10, 2011
    New York
    #12 that the GPS app tech has evolved...

    Somebody smart can easily create an add-on heads-up projection display for our windshields.... sourced out of the Pad/Phone. Even if it requires reflective panel or magic plastic windshield-size decal.

    The future has arrived....
  13. stevet macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2009
    I don't think it's been broken, sometimes you need to restore it after upgrading the app or OS. To do that go into:

    TomTom Shop->Traffic and then select Restore Purchases

  14. firestarter macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    Motion X GPS doesn't do routing, so it really isn't that useful for in-car use.

    It's a great product, yes - but it's not comparable to an app like Tom Tom.
  15. cruisencode macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2009
    That's exactly what has been broken since the release of iOS5. This update is supposed to fix this. They are even compensating existing users for this issue. Here is the quote from TomTom.

  16. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    Yep - that's exactly what was broken. I would type in my username and password over and over, and it would never accept it.
  17. RobDee, Oct 21, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011

    RobDee macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Ok, Great stuff. So i just need a basic car kit with charger. Any recommendations?

    I also need a wireless mike so I can take calls and talk to Siri.
  18. globality macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    I think the previous poster was talking about Motion X GPS drive. It is same as other navigation software but works in online mode. I think you can now pre-download the map though. Tried it and did not like its route compared with my Garmin standalone GPS
  19. BulletToothTony macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2009
    I knew i should've bought it when it was $39 $49 seems a bit too much when you can get the whole gps hardware and software for $50, anyone know how to get a $10 credit on that app :D
  20. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    Can you connect a Bluetooth GPS receiver to the WiFi iPad?
  21. French River macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2011
    Minnesota, USA
    So that's what happened with the Verizon iPhone 4's GPS issue. For months, GPS was virtually usless on my Verizon iPhone 4. I took it to Apple twice -- the first time they exchanged it, the second time a Genius told me it was because Verizon's 3G network couldn't download data fast enough (wrong, of course). After the 5.0 iOS update, GPS works like it should. Glad I decided not to spring for the TomTom car kit.

    I just returned from travels in Switzerland, France and Germany, where I used TomTom GPS on my iPhone 4 extensively (cellular data turned off) in both driving and walking modes. Worked very well.
  22. Alisstar macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    I'm not sure what the car kit horror stories are, but I saw this car mount that looks pretty nice. I might just get it for Christmas since it looks fairly attractive for a car mount.
  23. RobDee, Oct 21, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011

    RobDee macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Looks quite nice. I would rather something with a charger though!


    The horror stories relate to the phone mount not initiating Bluetooth (with iPhone 4) to use with the car kit properly.
  24. French River macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2011
    Minnesota, USA
    I use this air vent mount:

    with this:

    and this:

    for power in the car. Nothing fancy, but it’s cheap and it works.

    I use an air vent mount because Minnesota is one of two states where it's illegal to have anything mounted on the windshield. But actually, I think I prefer not having stuff stuck on the windshield.
  25. RobDee macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    I'm looking for something with a built-in charger...

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