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More Evidence Apple Maps Are Coming Revealed in iOS 5

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There was some worry Apple would be switching away from Google Maps in iOS, but Google confirmed a new deal was signed at the recent D9 Conference. Apple has acquired mapping companies in the past, and some new evidence revealed in iOS 5 by MacRumors indicates a native solution is all but inevitable:

The companies listed in iOS 5’s legal notices include the following diverse companies under the “Map Data” section:

• CoreLogic offers Parcel data which marks boundaries for of properties to provide positional accuracy in location-based solutions.
• Getchee provides location and market data on China, India and Southeast Asia.
• Increment P Corp provides location and traffic data for Japan.
• Localeze provides local business listings.
• MapData Sciences Pty Ltd. Inc provides mapping data for Australia and New Zealand.
• DMTI provides postal code data for Canada.
• TomTom offers global TeleAtlas mapping data which is also licensed by Google for their map solution.
• Urban Mapping provides in-depth neighborhood data such as crime, demographics, school performance, economic indicators and more.
• Waze offers real-time maps and traffic information based on crowd sourced data.

It was also noted Urban Mapping was a partner of Placebase prior to being acquired by Apple, and Waze (also a Google Maps competitor) appears to be the perfect solution for Apple’s hint at crowd-sourced traffic data. This was revealed by Steve Jobs during an interview regarding “Locationgate”:

Is traffic the only thing you are using that collective data for, or do you have other plans?

Jobs: We mention the traffic service and I think that is all we are going to mention at this point in time before we have something to announce.

But you are not saying that is the only thing you might use it for?

Jobs: We are building a crowdsourced database based on traffic and that is what we are saying.

I love Google Maps on the iPhone. The integration with apps and the rest of the web is just perfect. It’s going to take quite a bit of work to beat the Google Maps experience, but you can count on Apple to take its time to create a better solution.

[MacRumors]

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  • Dave Druska

    Google Maps on Android is years ahead of iOS. Something needs to be done about the outdated Maps app.

  • It would be nice for them to implement some of the new Android Google Maps features (built in voice directions, 3D vector maps) but I can see Google hanging on to those features to make Android more desirable.

  • Dave Druska

    Google Maps on Android is years ahead of iOS. Something needs to be done about the outdated Maps app.

  • It would be nice for them to implement some of the new Android Google Maps features (built in voice directions, 3D vector maps) but I can see Google hanging on to those features to make Android more desirable.

  • Dave Druska

    Google Maps on Android is years ahead of iOS. Something needs to be done about the outdated Maps app.

  • It would be nice for them to implement some of the new Android Google Maps features (built in voice directions, 3D vector maps) but I can see Google hanging on to those features to make Android more desirable.

  • Dave Druska

    Google Maps on Android is years ahead of iOS. Something needs to be done about the outdated Maps app.

  • It would be nice for them to implement some of the new Android Google Maps features (built in voice directions, 3D vector maps) but I can see Google hanging on to those features to make Android more desirable.

  • The agreement between Apple and Google is such that Apple is not allowed to do turn-by-turn type interface.  As a matter of fact, when Apple first announced TomTom’s software package for the iPhone, they clearly said during the conference – B-Y-O-M – Bring Your Own Maps…  One thing people always forget the Apple Maps app is just a Map and not a GPS app…

  • The agreement between Apple and Google is such that Apple is not allowed to do turn-by-turn type interface.  As a matter of fact, when Apple first announced TomTom’s software package for the iPhone, they clearly said during the conference – B-Y-O-M – Bring Your Own Maps…  One thing people always forget the Apple Maps app is just a Map and not a GPS app…

  • MikeZ

    Not true.  It’s perfect the way it is. They better not touch it.

  • Luca

    LMAOO LOVE THE WAY U SAID THAT

  • Luca

    LMAOO LOVE THE WAY U SAID THAT

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