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Turn-by-Turn iPhone GPS Gets Demoed (w/Screenshots)

Turn-by-turn GPS functionality has been an exceedingly sought after feature since the launch of the iPhone 3G itself. It now appears that the Slovakian company, Sygic has developed a native iPhone application that does just that.

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Images courtesy of The iPhone Blog

Making its debut at this year’s Mobile World Congress, this turn-by-turn GPS application comes complete with voice prompts, points of interest, support for multiple countries, and memory stored maps. The iPhone Blog notes that the the Sygic application uses TeleAtlas maps as a base and appears to function with relative ease and speed.

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Sygic claims that they are planning to submit the application to Apple’s App Store, as they do not intend to release it solely as only a jailbreak app. Yet we may have to cross our fingers and hope that it gets accepted as Apple’s SDK prohibits such useful functionality. As we’ve previously reported, Apple’s iPhone SDK terms have strictly blocked turn-by-turn GPS. “While Apple may be developing their own solution, Apple’s vice president of Hardware Product Marketing Greg Joswiak described voice-based, turn-by-turn navigation apps as “complicated.” – Although he did explain that the hardware inside the device was “very capable.”

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4 Comments to “Turn-by-Turn iPhone GPS Gets Demoed (w/Screenshots)”

Earl Chase @ February 18th, 2009 at 12:14 pm
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Turn by turn GPS is available now on the iPhone. I bought G-Map from the App store. It does a good job with 3-D maps. It only lacks voice which is banned by Apple at this time.

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AN @ February 18th, 2009 at 12:35 pm
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Thats ok. xGPS on Jailbroken phones will probably be out with Voice turn-by-turn prompts by the time you read this for Free.

Ties in with google maps and you can pre-download blocks of google maps so you can run your iPhone GPS in offline mode with no mobile radio signal.

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Gary @ February 18th, 2009 at 4:31 pm
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You can buy standalone navigators for under $150 now, what the hell could be so complicated that a company like Apple couldn’t get it happening on the iPhone, there must be commercial reasons that they haven’t done so … how tedious it is to wait for this feature, surely they could just make us pay $14.99 for a bloody system than holding out …

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Aviv @ February 18th, 2009 at 4:44 pm
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@Gary: Agreed. I use a Garmin Nuvi and I love it. Dave has one too. They’re really great. Aside from hardware limitations there should be nothing holding back GPS from being on the iPhone, even if the user has to turn his phone into “Driving Mode,” it should be available.

There were old murmurings of various GPS navigation companies porting their software over to the iPhone, but that never materialized. Garmin actually released a Nuvifone.

http://www.garminasus.com/garminasus/cms/site/home/lang/en/phones

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