Evidence in iOS 5 that Apple is building its own mapping solution

“Despite statements by Google’s former CEO that Apple had ‘just’ renewed their Map partnership with Google, there appears to be evidence that Apple has been working on its own mapping solution in iOS 5,” Arnold Kim reports for MacRumors.

“It’s certainly no secret that Apple is actively working on some sort of mapping solution. In the past few years, Apple has acquired two mapping companies Placebase and Poly9,” Kim reports. “The company has also been actively recruiting for job applicants with navigation software experience and has even revealed work on a future crowds-sourced traffic database.”

Kim reports, “Now, a look at the legal disclaimers found in iOS 5 reveal a new section called ‘Map Data.’ This section lists licenses from an extensive number of third party companies that provide mapping data and related services.”

Much more in the full article here.


  1. It really annoys me that you can’t get a scale bar on the iPhone Maps app, so you can’t judge the distance from one place to another. Unless I’ve been missing something?

  2. I wish you could turn on traffic for the freeways only, (I think other places around the world call them thruways, autobahns, . . . ) it makes it hard to see where you are going when everything is red, yellow, green.
    You know, the way it was with the first iPhone iOS.

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