Since the day I first got my iPhone, the maps feature has taunted me. It can find businesses, identify locations unknown to me, visualize traffic and give decent directions. More recently, even my original iPhone can figure out where I am within a reasonable distance without any GPS. But there’s one thing Maps doesn’t do, and with the GPS built into the iPhone 3G, it’s a big deal. It doesn’t do turn-by-turn voice prompted directions.
When GPS was announced as a feature, the picture instantly in everyone’s mind was that of the iPhone 3G in the car directing you around town, speaking every direction along the way. Needless to say, I was a little let down when I found out this was not what GPS was for. GPS only allows you to find your location accurately, and use that information in creative ways. But the omission of true GPS navigation may soon be filled.
Forbes has an article that says TeleNav is readying the GPS software many iPhone 3G users are dying to get their hands on. And, you reportedly won’t have to wait too long since they plan on releasing this app in the coming months.
The details, other than it being a GPS navigation app, are scarce.
Apple being Apple, the iPhone app will have some additional flair, says Sal Dhanani, TeleNav’s senior director of marketing. “It will be cooler, have more pizazz,” he promises.
The app should have turn-by-turn voice prompts, 3D mapping, and will have features similar to the app developed by TeleNav for the Samsung Instinct.
I personally wish that Apple would add voice prompts to the Maps application. This would be the ideal solution for me. The Maps app already has all of the other features that I need. All the iPhone needs to do for me is speak the directions it gets from Goodle Maps at the appropriate time.
Will you be buying TeleNav’s GPS app? Would you still buy it if Apple were to add voice prompts to Maps? Let us know in the comments.