OpenStreetMap Confirms Apple Uses Their Map Data in iPhoto for iOS

After speculation yesterday about Apple’s maps within iPhoto for iOS, it has now been confirmed by the OpenStreetMap Foundation themselves that Apple has used their map data.

What is the OSM all about? Here’s how they describe themselves:

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is a UK-registered not-for-profit organization that supports the OpenStreetMap Project. The OpenStreetMap Project based atOpenStreetMap.org, is the worldwide mapping effort that includes more than 400,000 volunteers around the globe.

The foundation consists of members from around the world who elect its board of directors.

In a blog post titled “Welcome, Apple!”, the foundation goes on to note Apple’s made their own map tiles made from their April 2012 data (for maps outside the US:

Yesterday Apple launched iPhoto, its photo management app, for the iPad and iPhone… and we’re rather pleased to find they’re the latest to switch to OpenStreetMap.

The desktop version of iPhoto, and indeed all of Apple’s iOS apps until now, use Google Maps. The new iPhoto for iOS, however, uses Apple’s own map tiles – made from OpenStreetMap data (outside the US).

An interesting point made by the OpenStreetMap Foundation is that Apple has not given credit to OSM contributors, and they hope Apple acknowledges them soon.

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  • Anonymous

    I tried and the image quality is….  not really good. 🙁

  • Alex

    knowing apple, they will either flat out buy the maps that they need and never give any red it, or they will wait until the app is sully announced/released to give credit