At the WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled a new mapping app for iOS 6 which will replace the Map app that used Google data. Shortly after the presentation, digital maps provider TomTom confirmed it had signed an agreement with Apple to provide maps and other data.
TomTom is a prominent name in the mapping and navigation business. The company has been producing digital map solutions for stand-alone GPS units and for other companies like Samsung, RIM and Google. TomTom’s own line of iOS turn-by-turn apps sells for US$50 and up, but like GPS apps from Navigon and Garmin the apps include a full map cache that does not require a data connection.
This new Maps app includes 3D flyover maps and, for the iPhone 4S and iPads from the iPad 2 up, turn-by-turn navigation which has been a key feature of Google’s mapping solution on Android, and has not been available with iOS’s Maps app.
On its website, TomTom states that its has “up-to-date digital maps that cover over 200 countries and territories around the world.” In its statement about Apple, the company said will provide some, but not all the mapping data needed for Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps app.