“As further evidence that Apple plans to transition away from Google Maps in iOS, the company uploaded to its Web servers — but chose not to publish — images of Google’s mapping data on the new iPad,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.
“The specific exclusion of Maps from the promotional material is noteworthy because Apple’s map software for iOS still relies on mapping data from Google,” Hughes reports. “There have been numerous indications that Apple plans to transition away from Google Maps in iOS in favor of its own mapping solutions.”
Hughes reports, “Most recently, Apple chose not to use Google Maps for mapping data in the new iOS version of iPhoto. Instead, Apple has implemented data from the OpenStreetMap Foundation. Apple has also acquired a number of mapping companies in recent years, including Poly9 in 2010 and Placebase in 2009. ”
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MacDailyNews Take: Bing Maps, especially “Bird’s Eye,” are better than Google Maps. If even Microsoft can do better, imagine what Apple could do.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]