Apple acquires Poly9 online mapping firm

iphone 4 casesApple has purchased a small high-tech company out of Quebec called Poly9 and immediately moved the majority of its employees in California, Pierre Couture reports for The Sun.

In recent years, especially Poly9 has given birth to programming interfaces (APIs) for several large clients such as Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, MSNBC and NORAD,” Couture reports. Poly9 based in part on the base maps of Google Earth, Google Maps, MapQuest, of Platial, Urban Mapping and many others to give birth to its applications.

Since the acquisition, the majority of employees Poly9 left Quebec to settle in the offices of software giant located in the Silicon Valley, California. Only two employees Poly9 have not followed the caravan for family reasons. They remained in Quebec and are now working on their own, Couture reports. Officially, there is still a Poly9 in Québec and it holds a single address in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste. It is known however that the headquarters of the company, located on rue Saint-Joseph, was closed a few weeks ago.

Couture reports that no former employee of the company was willing to openly discuss the transaction. One of the employees very politely said that they have signed confidentiality agreements.

Full article (via Google French-English translation) here.

MacDailyNews Note: Poly9’s website has gone blank, but The WayBack Machine reveals their work on mapping and telephony, among other things.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Denis” for the heads up.]


  1. Mysterious….

    Always wanted to know what the placebase boys and girls where bought for. Now we have 2 such companies to speculate about.

    Me hopes a new version of maps for all Apple’s platforms, with clever geospatial overlays in a minority report stylee…..

  2. I don’t think Apple is looking to compete directly with Google on these things.

    I would say it seems like some cool new stuff is going to wind up in the iOS API in the near future. Apple is going to let 1000s of developers chip away at Google

  3. This has to be the most poorly written article, ever!

    That is until I read MDNs disclaimer. Snork.

    I read a number of sentences more than once, trying to make sense of it.

    Terrific acquisition though, regardless of how it’s presented.

  4. @ G4Dualie–

    The article was translated from French to English, using Google.

    The words themselves were left unaltered.

    I don’t know why that is such a mystery for you.

  5. This is the second mapping company Apple has bought recently, Placebase being the first…

    If anyone doubt that Apple is planning an alternative to Google maps and possibly even Google earth, then keep your heads in the sand. Google’s smugness over competing with trusting partner, Apple, armed with fist hand insight gained in confidential Apple board meetings, is but a case of temporary gloat.

    Until the day that Apple makes up for that bad faith move and plays a big one back, Google had better think of more than it’s undeniable great search engine as it’s goose that lays the golden eggs, because in reality it’s all they got.

  6. Want a non-internet based mapping gps route program asap.

    I use Delorme on my Windows partition, and have tested Microsoft Streets and Trips. Very difficult to use.

    There used to be a Mac app called Route 66, did not make the jump to OSX. Loved it, very easy to use.

    Would love to plug my GPS sensor into something that works.

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