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Turn-by-turn GPS navigation ready, but blocked by Apple's SDK terms

Apple may be purposely keeping companies from developing GPS apps for the iPhone 3G.

According to an MSNBC report, we'll be waiting a long time until the iPhone 3G's GPS feature lives up to its true potential. Three of the biggest GPS companies say they're interested in working with Apple, and one has even run their application on the device. But TomTom, Garmin, and Magellan won't reveal any firm plans.

"We have made our navigation system run on the iPhone; it looks good and works very well," said Dutch-based company TomTom, in a statement to MSNBC. "We will have to look more closely to Apple's strategy before we can say more about what kind of opportunities this will bring us."

We reported previously that Apple may developing their own solution, and recent beta releases of the iPhone OS 2.1 contained references for enhanced GPS support needed for these apps. Apple's Greg Joswiak was quoted as describing this navigational Apps as "complicated."

If TomTom already has its application up and running to its satisfaction on an iPhone, why don't we see it for sale in the App Store? Unfortunately, no one is answering that question right now.

Originally posted on iPhone Atlas.