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The arrival of iOS5 has meant that many app developers have had to update their products to work with the new operating system. Fortunately many, like TomTom, have used that opportunity to improve upon an already successful app.
TomTom 1.9 offers numerous changes, most notably optimization for the iPad at last.
iPad optimization means that TomTom now offers a full-screen display which promises the ability to see the driving view at the same time as the Advanced Lane Guidance images that we've all come to appreciate from the product. Ultimately, it's all down to space and who can resist the saying 'bigger is better' in this case? More room to see what's going on has to be good for drivers as they keep an eye on the road as well as their TomTom app.
The interface for both iPhone and iPad users has been updated and improved upon, ensuring that TomTom is quicker than ever to use. Driving view can be checked with just one touch from anywhere with guidance options similarly easy to check out. Even switching between different route types takes mere moments thanks to the improvements made to the app.
As we've all come to expect from TomTom, maps have also been updated to take into account any road changes in recent times.
TomTom users may have also found that they had trouble with their existing subscription to TomTom HD Traffic before this update. Fortunately for them, to make up for the inconvenience TomTom will be extending their subscription by 30 days as way of compensation. Hurrah!
One bad piece of news for anyone still using an iPhone 3G however, this is the last update of TomTom that will fully support the device. Future updates can be downloaded for any iPhone 3G users but the new features won't be available. Maybe this is the ideal time to upgrade to a shiny new 4S?
The latest version of TomTom is available now.
Garmin is renowned for their GPS navigation apps such as Garmin StreetPilot onDemand. Away from iOS devices, it's also renowned for its numerous fitness watches. The two haven't been combined however, until now that is. Garmin's first fitness app has just been announced along with the ANT+ adapter for the iPhone that will allow the use of optional accessories.
The fitness app, Garmin Fit, allows users to track numerous exercise related figures such as speed, pace, distance, time and calories. It maps and automatically uploads workouts to Garmin Connect in order to track totals, set goals and even share workouts with friends and family amongst an online community of more than 70 million activities around the world. With a tap of a button, users can check everything as well as control their music from within the app. Even calls and SMS messages can be checked without interrupting the app and the all important workout.
Upon completion, information and notes can be entered and sent to the user's account within the Garmin Connect community. A series of graphs and charts means that the user can track how they're progressing with the past 30 days of activities available from within the Garmin Fit app.
Taking a look at the Garmin Fit screenshots, it looks like it'll be a very easy app to use keeping everything simple yet just what anyone could want from a fitness tracking app. It'll be interesting to see how it performs against the likes of RunKeeper.
The ANT+ adapter is priced at $49.99 and enables users to track important figures such as heart rate and cadence directly on their iPhone when paired with relevant optional accessories such as the footpod sensor that allows users to train indoors and still monitor their progress. It's an ideal accessory for gym sessions as well as outdoor running.
Garmin Fit will be a very affordable $0.99 upon release. Check out the screenshots in the meantime.