TomTom to Launch Car Kit for iPod Touch

Earlier this week, an updated version of TomTom's GPS navigation application appeared in the App Store, and among the major changes included with the update was compatibility with the original iPhone and all generations of the iPod touch. The iPod touch, however, does not offer built-in GPS and must thus be paired with an external GPS receiver in order to function.

TomTom offers such a car kit for the iPhone to add better GPS reception and other functionality, but the kit is incompatible with the iPod touch due to the slightly different form factor from the iPhone.

In response to that limitation, TomTom revealed yesterday on its official Twitter blog account that a separate car kit specifically for the iPod touch is coming soon for U.S. users.

The existing #TomTom car kit is designed for the iPhone. A new car kit for iPod touch will be available shortly in the United States.

The kit has appeared on TomTom's site with a list price of $99.95, but is not yet available.

Rival Magellan has also released its own GPS navigation application for the iPhone and iPod touch and has announced that a car kit similar to the one offered by TomTom will be coming soon. Magellan's car kit is said to be compatible with the iPhone 3G and 3GS and the second-generation iPod touch, as well as a wide variety of cases and skins for those devices, suggesting that its car kit will offer greater adjustability than TomTom's car kits.

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