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TomTom on the iPhone May Not Be Completely Dead

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In an interview with TomTom spokesperson Yann Lafargue, French site Mac Generation hit on a few interesting tidbits about 3rd party navigation software on the iPhone. During the interview, Lafargue confirmed that there was a version of TomTom software running on the iPhone but he does not know if they will ever actually ship the product. You would think that the major reason for not shipping would be the clause in the SDK agreement that states "applications may not be designed or marketed for real time route guidance," but Lafargue insisted that is not a problem.

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He believes that Apple is only "trying to protect itself" (from litigation presumably) so the verbiage in the SDK would not be an obstacle. I'm no lawyer, but the clause in the SDK seems pretty air tight to me, so I would take what was said in this interview with a grain of salt. Still, you have to think that developing for the iPhone represents a golden opportunity—so if there is a way, I'm sure someone will find it. [Mac Generation - translated]

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@max_k - agreed;

It is most likely not a liability issue since when you do use a GPS map device you agree to not hold the maker liable if the map is out-of-date (recently closed road and the like) or the directions are not exact (200ft/210ft).

I think it is most likely that since turn by turn directions and recalculating the map is the most expensive part of GPS software Tom Tom wanted some assurances that their intellectual property would not get undersold.

So if developer Joe creates a turn-by-turn GPS software and sells it on iTunes for $25 and Tom Tom is $100, all Tom Tom needs to do is complain to Apple and Apple can then go to Joe and say 'Hey buddy, the SDK agreement says, no turn-by-turn for you, we are pulling your software. Tom Tom is now happy again.

This also allows Apple to let developers make other GPS software that Tom Tom may not even be interested in like the 'Starbucks java run to the next Starbucks'.

After all who wants to be w/o their $8.50 double shot venti mocha cappa with extra foam?