Project managers at Apple dropped the ball on getting improvements to the much maligned Apple Maps ready for the release of iOS 8 at the Worldwide Developers Conference held last week in San Francisco.
According to new findings from Mobidia, around 55 percent of those iOS users in the United States who have Google Maps installed on their device are using it regularly. The news is notable considering Apple last year booted Google Maps as the default mapping service on its iOS platform in favor of its own Apple Maps.
Apple has acquired mass transit software tracking developer Embark, signaling the computing giant's latest step to enhance its much-criticized Apple Maps platform. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the deal but declined to supply additional details, including the transaction price.
Apple has acquired transit navigation app developer HopStop. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the deal but declined to supply additional details, including the transaction price.
Apple has purchased crowdsourced location services provider Locationary. Apple confirmed the deal to AllThingsD, but declined to supply additional details, including the transaction price.
Relations between mobile superpowers Google and Apple have improved in recent months said Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, explaining the two companies have conducted "lots and lots" of meetings over the past year.
Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference Monday with the usual spate of new product announcements, self-congratulatory proclamations and cheap shots against archrival Google. The marquee headline was the overhauled iOS 7, which Apple CEO Tim Cook called "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone."
Apple announced during its developer's conference today an "iOS in the car" program that will essentially integrate select iOS apps into the vehicle dashboards of participating automakers. Apple's Eddy Cue explained that cars running the program will be available starting next year, and automakers supporting the effort include Honda, Kia, Chevy, Nissan, Volvo and a number of others.
Apple's is accelerating efforts to integrate its iOS software and services into in-car infotainment systems.
Apple has purchased indoor GPS services firm WifiSLAM, a move that likely signals an expansion of its Apple Maps platform.