January 9, 2007

Apple iPhone - with a GPS?


I know it's not at CES 2007, but this is important too. If you haven't heard, apparently Apple has a phone coming out, called the iPhone...... yea, like you could move today on the internet without tripping over a story about it. Well it uses Google Maps as an application, but no word on a true GPS chipset. The unit does look pretty amazing, as it is apparently going to run OS X as its operating system, making it a very nice little computer that happens to run phone calls, and more. Should be fun to see if this has a decent navigation program or not.... my hunch is that it will be well done, whatever it does.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 9, 2007 5:12 PM

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Agreed; not sure if it will navigate, but let's hope so. I would imagine that Apple wouldn't miss the opportunity to participate in a very hot area of consumer electronics, namely navigation through some short sightedness.

Oh, yea, and I want one too for, ahh-hem, review purposes.


Posted by: Scott Martin at January 9, 2007 6:21 PM

It's not clear to me yet if this unit has a "real" GPS or if it's the A911 stuff required by the FCC on all modern cell fones that computes location by triangulating signals from the cell towers. A911 is probably enough if you're trying to figure out what hotel you're closest to, but not really accurate enough for the navigation crowd that's likely to be reading this.

They should definitely send me samples with documentation on the APIs so I can support it in GPSBabel. :-)

Posted by: Robert Lipe at January 9, 2007 5:33 PM
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