The TomTom navigation app for iPhone is my go-to application for getting around town. So I’m stoked with today’s press release: TomTom will update their app with background turn-by-turn and the latest New Zealand maps shortly after Apple release their new version of iOS in June.
It’s a bit strange though: TomTom seem happy to offer free map updates for the iPhone app, while cutomers with TomTom hardware have to pay for updates.
Anyway, here’s the riveting press release in all its glory:
[quote]Auckland – 10 June, 2010 – TomTom announced today that it will introduce multitasking to the latest version of the TomTom app for iPhone.
The next version of the app, which will be compatible with iOS 4, will be submitted to Apple for review after the 21 June release of iOS 4.
Among the new features on the latest TomTom app for iPhone will be support for multitasking functionality*, allowing users to get turn-by-turn guidance at the same time as operating other applications. Moreover, the new TomTom app version will also include the latest available GeoSmart® map of New Zealand.
The current version of the TomTom app for iPhone (version 1.3) is available for purchase via the App Store, and both current and new owners of the app will be able to update to the new version for no additional charge upon its immediate availability.
As an additional incentive to new potential users of the TomTom app, TomTom is currently offering the New Zealand app at a discounted price of NZD $94.99.
“As TomTom continues to innovate and to take advantage of new capabilities of the iOS 4, users of the TomTom app will benefit from the combination of TomTom’s most advanced and acclaimed features and the iPhone’s unique functionality,” said Chris Kearney, Marketing Manager, TomTom Australia & New Zealand.
“We are pleased to integrate multitasking capabilities to the newest version of our TomTom app, and to be able to ensure that users can now enjoy other iPhone features while continuing to receive the best routing directions from their TomTom application.”
*Available on iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3rd Generation devices, running iOS 4.[/quote]