“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.”