Reports this week reveal that Apple has acquired a Web Mapping company named Poly9. The company is a Canadian firm based out of Quebec City.
While Poly9 as a brand may not be widely known, their work includes programming interfaces (API’s) for many large clients such Microsoft, Apple, and MSNBC. The company has also had a part in Google Earth/Maps and MapQuest.
Neither Apple or Poly9 would comment on the acquisition however reports indicate that the majority of Poly9 employees have been relocated to Cupertino, California to join Apple’s team more closely. It is unclear if the company will remain active in Canada as their website has been taken down.
Apple seems to be focusing on online mapping, as a year ago Apple acquired another mapping company called “Placebase”. We have also seen job positions opening at Apple that are related to the iPhone Maps application.
Many have speculated that Apple may be looking into creating its own Map application instead of using Google Maps.