Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th May 2012 20:42 UTC
Apple "Between 2009 and 2011, Apple acquired three mapping companies in quick succession: Placebase, in 2009; 3-D mapping outfit Poly9 in 2010; and in 2011, C3 Technologies, a second 3-D mapping company. Three mapping-company acquisitions in as many years. But for good reason: Apple has been hard at work developing its own in-house mapping solution for iOS, and now it's finally ready to debut it." I'm probably crazy, but I've never used the map applications on my mobile phones, so it's difficult for me to get excited about this.
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Just don't care..
by LinuxRants on Fri 11th May 2012 21:19 UTC
LinuxRants
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2011-09-01

So because Apple has it's very own little map application, iOS users will probably lose the ability to use Google Maps anywhere but the browser. That of course ignores the fact that quite a lot of the information on Google Maps is crowd sourced information that Apple will be denying to it's users. If I hadn't already ditched my iPhone for an Android, I would now.

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RE: Just don't care..
by Tony Swash on Sat 12th May 2012 11:34 in reply to "Just don't care.."
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

My, my - a non announced product mentioned in one rumour is condemned out of hand, you don't need a mapping app you need an open mind app.

Given how well Apple did creating the original iPhone Google Map app, which was better by far than anything else out there at the time, and which has suffered feature drag because of Google's blocking actions in relation to iOS I expect and hope that Apple will raise the bar once again on mapping apps. But I will decide whether they have succeeded after it is officially announced.

This is video with a demo of what C3 technology, which was bought by Apple, can do.

http://youtu.be/BaahKhvO_E4

Personally I think it looks pretty amazing and I do hope it appears in iOS soon but as I said I await an actual announcement.

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RE[2]: Just don't care..
by Neolander on Sat 12th May 2012 13:49 in reply to "RE: Just don't care.."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Funny how at the time, the Android version performed vastly better than the iOS version.

I wonder if this is why Apple bought C3. So that their competitor never gets a version of what they consider strategic software, especially if it's a better version. Kind of like when they bought Emagic just for the sake of killing the Windows version of Logic back in the day...

Edited 2012-05-12 13:53 UTC

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