We’ve been following the 3G iPhone GPS integration rumors for a bit now and they’ve continued as expected. As the June 9 Apple WWDC gets closer, GigaOm is reporting that Broadcom has landed the contract to supply GPS to the iPhone. Now if the expected 3G/GPS iPhone announcement does pan out come June 9, it could have some drastic ramifications for the portable GPS market. And not just because it’ll have native GPS navigational capabilities, but because the iPhone SDK currently in its sixth beta version is also supposed to have an official June release.
If you’re not up on the latest iPhone developer news, a $100 million fund, the iFund, provided by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will surely entice developers to come up with some innovation location-based applications for the 3G iPhone. Combine this with the upcoming release of Google’s Android mobile browser and its location-aware potential and we have a potentially lethal mix for companies such as Garmin and TomTom. Now we’re starting to agree with Om Malik’s prediction that the portable navigation market could face some strain in the near future.