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TomTom, Apple sign global agreement for map data in iOS 6

During its WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled a new mapping solution for iOS 6 that'll replace the Google-backed Maps app. This new Maps app includes stunning 3D flyover maps and, for the iPhone 4S and iPads from the iPad 2 onward, turn-by-turn navigation -- a key feature of Google's mapping solution on Android that was not available in iOS's Maps app.

Shortly after the new Maps app was described, digital maps provider TomTom confirmed that it signed a global agreement with Apple to provide maps and other related information, according to a Computerworld report.

TomTom is a prominent name in the mapping and navigation business. The company has been producing digital map solutions for stand-alone GPS units and for other companies like Samsung, RIM and Google. TomTom's own line of iOS turn-by-turn apps sells for US$50 and up, but like GPS apps from Navigon and Garmin the apps include a full map cache that does not require a data connection. (Garmin also sells a maps-on-demand nav tool, and AOL's free Mapquest offers turn-by-turn navigation with map downloads on the fly.)

On its website, TomTom says its has "up-to-date digital maps that cover over 200 countries and territories around the world." In its statement about Apple, the company said will provide some, but not all the mapping data needed for Apple's new iOS 6 Maps app.

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