Posts Tagged ‘3.0’

iPhone 3.0’s Magnetometer and A-GPS

Thursday, June 11th, 2009


Looks like the iPhone 3.0 firmware plus the new 3Gs hardware will give the dedicated GPS market a run for it’s money. The new hardware includes a magnetometer, otherwise known as a digital compass. Combine that with the A-GPS, which supplements the slow satellite signal with fast WiFi and cell phone tower triangulation, and accurate and timely turn-by-turn navigation is possible. Both TomTom, Navigon, , and TeleNav have jumped into the fray, joining X-Roads which was briefly available in a crippled form on the App store. Garmin might be shooting itself in the foot by staying out, but they have their own GPS + phone plans already. Besides the added precision of the new hardware, it’ll be easier for developers to incorporate maps directly into their apps. We should see a whole new class of apps available. Imagine walking along a street and pointing your phone at a building, statue, mountain, road, etc and have reams of helpful information come up about that particular feature. A great wayfinding device in the making!

Apple to Preview iPhone 3.0 at Special Event Tuesday (MacNN)

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

[Editor’s note: Apple has scheduled an event Tuesday, March 17th to presumably unveil the new iPhone and/or iPhone OS 3.0 update features. Rumors include better GPS support to allow turn-by-turn navigation, MMS support, tethering, true background processes, and more. The last iPhone hardware update was in June 2008 and was preceeded by a similar event.]

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