The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona usually means a quiet time for Apple. But even with no presence at the event, the iPhone still manages to creep its way in. Sygic, a company that develops GPS applications for smartphones and PDAs promised a demonstration of their software on the iPhone at MWC. They didn’t let us down, and so, on the TeleAtlas stand, they demonstrated the application on an iPhone 3G for the first time.
The software uses TeleAtlas maps with turn by turn directions and voice prompts. The maps themselves will be stored locally on the iPhone, so wherever you’re traveling, you’ll never loose sight of your destination. It will also feature points of interests, and support multiple counties. I expect this will cover America, most (if not all) of Europe and possibly China. Being English, I would definitely like to see this available for the UK App Store.
Sygic have said they will release the application to Apple’s App Store and see what happens. They’re not 100% sure that Apple will approve the application, for reasons around the iPhone SDK. Within the contracting document, it states that “Applications may not be designed or marketed for real time route guidance; automatic or autonomous control of vehicles or aircraft, or other mechanical devices; dispatch or fleet management; or emergency or life-saving purposes.” Hopefully, they will find a way to bypass this ruling; it’s about time there was a true GPS application available.
Do you think Apple will approve Sygic’s application? Or have they got their own GPS app up their sleeve? Give us your views below in the comments.