GPS applications for the iPhone are dime a dozen. After TomTom, Garmin and Navigon released new versions of their GPS applications that will make use of new functionalities on the latest iOS, it is now the turn of Magellan to follow suit. The GPS navigation developer has released their new Magellan RoadMate GPS app that is compatible with the multitasking capabilities of the iPhone. That means, users may turn on the turn-by-turn navigation of the application while working on another iPhone app at the foreground. Not really something you will need if you are the driver, but you needed this update and here it is.
Apart from this functionality, the new version of the Magellan iPhone app will also include real-time traffic tracking that will give you information about traffic jams, accidents,etc. so that you may take the required diversions. This is a free update and is made available through NAVTEQ.
The Magellan GPS app costs $44.99 at the App Store and you can download the app by clicking here (North America).
Magellan GPS has announced the launch of a new waterproof GPS casing for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The new Magellan ToughCase GPS case will come with a high sensitive SiRFstar III GPS chipset built into the casing that will provide location accuracy of up to 3 meters. Also, the device is completely waterproof and can be submerged at a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Magellan has said that the 1840 mAh battery on the device can virtually double the battery life of the iPhone.
The Magellan ToughCase is expected to offer improved location based service systems to iPhone and iPod touch users. The device is launching worldwide via MagellanGPS.com and through Apple Stores at a price of $199.99.
The GPS casing is compatible with iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS though its compatibility with iOS 4 or iPhone 4 is not known at the moment. Stay tuned.