updated 10:45 am EDT, Thu June 12, 2008
No TomTom iPhone app?
GPS maker TomTom may not be developing iPhone software at all, allegations say. A source within the company claims that despite public statements that TomTom has developed iPhone software, and has plans to sell it, there are actually no software prototypes in existence. The source adds that an e-mail memo was circulated through TomTom on Wednesday, with the message that "we haven't officially announced anything, we're just commenting to the press on a 'reactive not proactive' basis."
If real the memo may validate arguments that Apple's iPhone SDK bars third-party development of real-time navigation software. Apple already has static software in the form of Google Maps, and may intend to create its own real-time software; companies such as TomTom are said to be worried that if such software becomes popular, they will lose sales of dedicated GPS units.