Apple iPhone 3.0: Real TomTom GPS Navigation, Zipcar, And More

June 8, 2009


Today the techno-geek world has their eyes glued to screens at Moscone West--where Apple is unveiling a host of new iPhone, MacBook and Snow Leopard details.

What does that have to do with cars? Plenty, because the latest iPhone software will let you integrate your phone ever more tightly into your life and into your driving.

Favorite site ArsTechnica is liveblogging from the Apple event, and from their coverage, a handful of really useful car applications have been announced. They include:

  • Zipcar: A new Zipcar app will direct you to the Zipcar service point nearby. You'll also be able to reserve and confirm a car, and even make the car beep its horn by tapping a button on the phone.
  • TomTom:  Finally, turn-by-turn navigation comes to the iPhone. TomTom's software will arrive this summer, and will turn iPhones into GPS devices. There will be spoken directions, and a new set of accessories that will suction-mount the phone to the windshield for better viewing. TomTom will still allow you to talk in speakerphone mode, use Bluetooth, play music and charge the phone while it runs.
  • Gameloft: ArsTechnica says this "awesome new product" called Asphalt 5 will hit the new iPhone software, giving users a "3D racing experience"
  • Google Maps: A new feature will let you embed Google Maps right into your application, for a variety of uses
  • Find My Phone: A lost phone hiding under the car seat won't be a problem anymore; this new app will show you on a map where it's located--and if your car's been stolen along with your phone, it acts like a low-fi LoJack.
  • Tethering and stereo Bluetooth: You are a hotspot--you'll be able to use your iPhone to connect your laptop to the Internet from any location with a cell signal. You'll also be able to stream iPhone stereo audio to cars with stereo Bluetooth, cars like the 2009 Toyota Venza.
  • Voice dialing: the iPhone assumes many of the features of Ford's SYNC system, with voice-activated song selection and dialing
  • Digital compass: for the directionally challenged

We're still waiting on word for a new iPhone itself; stay tuned.

UPDATE: New phone just announced with advanced 3G, better camera, video, and MMS built into a phone of the same shape. It's due on June 19th, with a street price of $199 for 16GB versions and $299 for 32GB versions in black or white cases.

[ArsTechnica via CoverItLive]

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