TomTom, the Netherlands-based maker of personal navigation devices and software for a variety of mobile devices, announced an update today that brings iPad compatibility to its iOS apps. Version 1.9 hit the App Store today with an interface optimized for the iPad’s larger screen as well as updated maps and a revised interface.
The full list of what’s new in version 1.9 is as follows:
- OPTIMIZED FOR iPAD: Make the most of your iPad, with a full-screen display that shows you driving view and Advanced Lane Guidance images at the same time. Purchase connected services in-App or easily transfer your existing subscriptions (cellular connection required). When you want to go bigger, move your TomTom App to iPad.
- LATEST, UPDATED TOMTOM MAP: Because roads are constantly changing, on average 15% of roads change every year, your TomTom App update comes with the latest and most up-to-date map.
- IMPROVED INTERFACE: Your TomTom App is quicker and easier to use than ever. See driving view with one touch from anywhere, access guidance options in a tap, and switch between different route types more easily. It’s a simpler way to enjoy TomTom navigation on your iPhone or iPad.
TomTom also provides a warning for iPhone 3G users in relation to future versions of the TomTom apps:
iPHONE 3G USERS: THIS IS THE LAST VERSION OF THE TOMTOM APP FOR iPHONE THAT WILL FULLY SUPPORT YOUR DEVICE. You will be able to download and use the next version of the TomTom App but new features will not be available to you.
TomTom last hit our radar earlier this year when it added Homer Simpson’s voice to its library of guidance voices, available via in-app purchase.
When it comes to iPad compatibility, TomTom is several months behind competitor Navigon, who optimized its MobileNavigator apps for the tablet’s larger screen in December 2010.
TomTom has a total of 28 navigation apps in the App Store covering a number of regions in countries – for a full list of all of them, click here.