Apple Insider has learned today that the soon-to-be released TomTom Car Kit navigation dock will "not enable GPS functionality for the corresponding App Store software on the iPod touch and first-generation iPhone."
Although there has been some confusion about this revelation on various message boards around the web today, here's the real scoop. As we already know, the Kit dock is, indeed, compatible with all iPhone models. However, the TomTom app is only compatible with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G, no matter if the
dock is connected to a first-generation iPhone or iPod touch.
Since it appeared for order on the Apple Store last week, the hardware's Web page has read: "Note: The TomTom app for iPhone is not included with this TomTom Car Kit. The Car Kit dock is compatible with all iPhone models, but the Car Kit app only works with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G."
In other words, don't hold your breath for an update any time soon. This news comes as a great disappoint to many hoping that the TomTom iPhone Car Kit and its corresponding navigation app would be compatible with the iPod touch or original iPhone. Initial reports, after all, hinted that the oldest version of the iPhone or the touch would work with the TomTom Car Kit and navigation app.
If you haven't already noticed, it's been a rough going for TomTom as their latest offering finally rolls out.
The Car Kit was expected to arrive this summer, but was delayed until October without any specific reason given. Given that the $119.95 hardware is listed as shipping in two to three weeks from the Apple Store, it would appear that the October deadline will also be missed. The hardware is not necessary to use the TomTom navigation software that is currently available in the iPhone App Store, but it will amplify the GPS signal for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.