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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:45 pm    Post subject: iPhone / iPod Touch GPS in development Reply with quote

iPhone GPSAn enterprising electrical engineer is currently testing working prototypes of a GPS module compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

His blog site here is covering the design and prototyping stages from early CAD design models to his current working prototypes.

He needs 1000 orders for the first production run so if you're interested in obtaining a unit once the development process is complete you can vote on the website to indicate your interest.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!

Now that we can see it can be done, either it will be in the shops within a couple of months, or Apple will announce that they are going to release one.
How soon is Navigation?

Are Apple going to go with TomTom or Garmin......? With Nokia buying Navteq and TomTom acquiring TeleAtlas kind of muddies the water a bit seeing as someone will have to supply the mapping and Google do not have a viable routing engine yet.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

or they could go with copilot or igo or numerous other options Wink

they could even make their own?!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, but co-pilot have a deal with T-Mobile in the UK (as you know) and I doubt that Apple will go with someone that is not a global player.

And especially anyone that has anything to do with Navteq (as in Nokia) or Microsoft. Maps is one thing, the route engine is another.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they also have a 'deal' with o2 as well so i can't see that affecting anything?

still, it'd be interesting as to who they go for (if anyone at all)

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaFt wrote:
or they could go with copilot or igo or numerous other options Wink

they could even make their own?!

MaFt


Hell no. The only place you could navigate to would be the nearest Apple Store and possibly Starbucks.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So...we agree Apple will do it then? There have been many posts regarding lack of GPS functionality on the iPhone and now we can see it is possible.

If this guy is as clever business minded as he is technically he will make a fortune.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I see it , either Apple will go for it or at least allow a third part to, in which case this guy's efforts, whilst laudable, will be usurped by much bigger players or they won't.

If they don't then this may be the only option and I guess you would need a Jailbroken iPhone in order to use it which will drastically reduce the market. No major player will bother developing if it requires the iPhone to be Jailbroken to use.

Having said that, mine's Jailbroken and it's a better phone because of it, we'll have to see what 2.0 brings to the mix.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who cares??? The iPhone may look great and have a cracking UI but it is severely limited in comparison to a win mobile device (sorry make that any win mobile device)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mcwarre wrote:
Who cares??? The iPhone may look great and have a cracking UI but it is severely limited in comparison to a win mobile device (sorry make that any win mobile device)


Maybe so, but the goal of the developers who have hacked the iphone is to try and get win mobile functionality from it. E.g. The first thing that the developers did with the sony psp was to install windows on it!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iGo has already shown their version for iphone on CeBit, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA0vVsCDbfo
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramzez wrote:
iGo has already shown their version for iphone on CeBit, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA0vVsCDbfo

We have previously reported this.
[quote="mcwarre:]
Who cares??? The iPhone may look great and have a cracking UI but it is severely limited in comparison to a win mobile device (sorry make that any win mobile device)[/quote]
As a long standing Win Mobile device the iPhone wins hands down for me. I want email and web primarily and neither are handled with any great skill by a PocketPC.
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