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TomTom has switched its attention to the iPhone, launching a “turn-by-turn” navigation application for the 3G and 3GS models.

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TomTom's adapted its satnav tech for iPhone users

The app’s routing information is based on IQ Routes, which TomTom described as a navigation system that uses “the actual experience of millions of TomTom drivers” to calculate the fastest routes and most accurate arrival times.

For example, if you’re planning a trip from London to Shropshire and John Doe previously told TomTom that a particular B road gets clogged around 10am - then the TomTom app will take that into account when planning your route.

Able to display landscape and portrait modes, the iPhone app will also automatically re-route you if you miss a turn, tell you about upcoming speed cameras and change the on-screen display’s colours according to the time of day – or night.

Points of interest and an option to switch the view between 2D and 3D are both included, TomTom said.

The firm’s also included an option to plan your route according to a contact’s address. The app even supports muti-touch on-screen gestures, TomTom added.

TomTom’s satnav app for iPhone is available now through Apple’s App Store, priced at £60 ($98/€69) – a price that includes maps of the UK and Ireland. It’s worth noting that TomTom’s app isn’t the only iPhone satnav option available: CoPilot Live includes many of the same features – yet it only costs £25 ($40/€28). ®

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