updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon August 17, 2009
TomTom app in N. America
After a release in other regions this weekend, TomTom at last debuted the North American version of its iPhone GPS app. The title mimics the turn-by-turn navigation of a dedicated GPS unit, displaying directions on a quasi-3D view alongside other information such as the estimated travel times. The North American edition covers "99.9 percent" of the US and Canada, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
TomTom's navigation is distinguished by features such as IQ Routes, which provide different directions based on the time of day and typical traffic conditions. Some iPhone-specific options include pinching to zoom, landscape and portrait views, and picking destinations from a phone's contact list. When searching through points of interest, users can also both call a business and navigate to it without quitting first. TomTom's software costs $100, and requires iPhone 3.0 firmware along with an iPhone 3G or 3GS.