Garmin has announced that its line of GPS and mobile devices will be made compatible with Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger".
“We are very excited to be supporting the many tech-savvy Garmin users who are also Mac devotees”, said Min Kao, Garmin's chairman and CEO.
"The popularity of Mac OS X is attracting many first time developers to the Mac and driving astonishing innovation", said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “We'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".
In Spring 2006, Garmin will offer a Mac version of its popular Training Centre software. To be used with Garmin's Forerunner and Edge devices. The software offers a range of planning and analysis features to Garmin users to aid them in their day-to-day training.
Garmin will make the MotionBased.com interface Mac compatible. MotionBased.com translates GPS data into performance analysis, online mapping, and route sharing with other athletes. 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, who have also recently released a Mac version.
Garmin is aiming to make all its popular hardware and software applications Mac OS X compatible by the end of 2006. This includes loading MapSource map data to Garmin units via a Mac, as well as 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 Garmin's GPS 10 or GPS 18 sensors.