According to German news magazine “Focus,” Apple is currently prepping an in-car navigation system with DaimlerChrysler.
Rough translation from German:
After computers, MP3 players and mobile phones, Apple will soon offer vehicle navigation and sound systems. Apple’s first partner is Mercedes which will exclusively offer the new Apple device for six months. The system is a combined iPod, communications, and navigation unit for debut in 2009. It’s unclear whether Apple – as with iPhone – will use GPS or rely on Google Maps for navigation aid.
Full article (in German) here.
Rumor. Also, it sounds suspiciously like an excellent way to highlight the iPhone’s lack of GPS just prior to launch, rather than report about a new Apple product, but, hey, maybe that’s just due to our rough translation. What better way to get your anti-iPhone message across than to embed it into a somewhat wild Apple rumor and let the mill take it from there? We’ve filed it under “Surreptitious FUD” for the time being — which means Apple and DaimlerChrysler will probably issue a joint press release debuting the thing later today.