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iPhone 3.0 turn by turn directions

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Turn by turn GPS

You heard right. Apple is finally allowing turn by turn GPS on the iPhone. There’s only one catch. BYOM (bring your own maps).

Turns out that Apple has some licensing issues that prevent developers from being able to use Google maps for turn by turn directions. Apple also announced the ability to embed Google maps into third party applications (finally), but that’s not what we’re going to be seeing in terms of routing applications.

I’m sure we can expect to see applications like TeleNav and TomTom jump at this opportunity. And it’s about time. It’s a no brainer. If you enable GPS in a device (like the iPhone 3G) users are going to assume that it will do turn by turn directions. Soon, that assumption will finally be valid.

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