Apple unveiled the iPhone 3.0 operating system yesterday and there were a couple of interesting mapping and navigation announcements as part of the show.
First of all, they opened the door to turn-by-turn navigation apps, as long as the developer uses their own maps. Expect to see application announcements soon from TomTom / Tele Atlas and also from TeleNav.
Garmin will be faced with an interesting dilemma. Do they develop an iPhone app, which would be quite the revenue generator if it became the top navigation app (not a high bar for Garmin). Or would that just encourage Garmin-lovers to skip the nuvifone and get an iPhone instead?
But can you make calls too?
Unless I missed something in the coverage yesterday, the iPhone won’t be able to run apps in the background, meaning you can be in navigation mode or making calls, but not both at the same time. Score one for the nuvifone.
While developers can’t use Google Maps for turn-by-turn navigation, they can use them for other applications. A new Maps API will allow them to integrate Google Mobile Maps services, offering Google Map tiles, current location, custom annotations and geocoding.