File this in rumorville, but yesterday Handtec listed the TomTom iPhone mount on their product listing page for $113 VAT which is roughly $165 USD. Its also widley assumed that there will be a software only version available in the App Store. TomTom has yet to announce an official release date or confirm the pricing for the App, but many are speculating that it will be about $100, which would be on par with Navigon’s pricing come Aug 15th (Currently its on sale for $70).
At WWDC TomTom stated that the mount will offer secure docking, enhanced GPS performance, clear voice instructions and hands-free calling and allow you to charge your phone at the same time, i.e. allow you the ability to get from point A to point B without your phone dying prior to your arrival at your destination.
Assuming Handtec is not baiting people to visiting their site similar to other sad tactics vendors use when rumors of the next version of the newly redesigned iPod, $168 seems steep. You can get GPS devices, TomTom or otherwise for less than 150 and in some cases less than 100, plus I get the added benfit of a larger screen and the ability to use my phone…at the SAME TIME (hint…hint…Apple, allow apps to run in the background!).
I am still wondering why Apple chose TomTom for WWDC and by doing so, did Apple give them access to the SDK and allow the app to run in the background while a call is taken, or if the user is utilizing the ipod funciton of the iPhone, the song volume is decreased while TomTom gives out the next direction and then sets the volume back to where it was once the direction is complete. I have held off on purchasing any of the currently released GPS software until TomTom has officially stated how it interacts with iPhone and how much it will cost (including map updates). If this pricing rumor is in fact true, as much as I hate to say it, I think I will have to go with a stand alone device for my GPS functions.