Garmin International Inc. will begin to make its line of GPS and mobile electronics devices compatible with Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger.” This makes Garmin the first major GPS designer and manufacturer to announce direct support for Mac OS X.
â€œWe are very excited to be supporting the many tech-savvy Garmin users who are also Mac devotees,â€? said Min Kao, Garmin Ltd.â€™s chairman and CEO. â€œMac users have been encouraging us to make our GPS units Mac compatible, and weâ€™ve listened. We hope this brings the many benefits of GPS to current Mac users and invites future Apple customers to the Garmin fold.â€?
“The popularity of Mac OS X is attracting many first time developers to the Mac and driving astonishing innovation,” said Ron Okamoto, Appleâ€™s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. â€œWe’re thrilled to welcome Garmin to the platform and look forward to exciting new applications that take advantage of its GPS-based products and Mac OS X.”
Beginning in spring 2006, Garmin will offer a Mac version of its popular Training Center software. Used with Garminâ€™s line of Forerunner and Edge series of fitness products, the Training Center software lets users plan and analyze workouts. Fitness enthusiasts can create their own workouts or use workout templates that can be downloaded into the unit for any level of personal training. The software also offers interactive analysis tools that will now allow Mac users to chart their performance information like speed, heart rate, cadence, elevation, and pace.
Also in spring 2006, Garmin will make the www.MotionBased.com upload interface Mac compatible. MotionBased.com translates GPS data into performance analysis, online mapping, and route sharing for endurance and outdoor athletes. Data collected by a Garmin GPS device is uploaded to MotionBased.com where time, distance, speed, elevation, cadence, grade, and heart rate analysis is displayed through charts, illustrations, and reports. This activity data can also be displayed as a route and replayed on street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps as well as the popular Google Earth service. Members can also use the TrailNetwork database to seek out and download new activities in their region, to find popular routes while traveling, or to engage in “virtual races” with other MotionBased users.
By the end of 2006, Garmin intends to have made all its popular hardware and software applications Mac OS X compatible. This includes the ability to load MapSource map data to Garmin units via a Mac, as well as waypoint and trip planning applications. Additionally, the Garmin nRoute application will allow Powerbook and iBook users to turn their laptop into a powerful street navigation tool with Garminâ€™s GPS 10 or GPS 18 sensors.