Apple Changes Mapping Data In Lastest iOS Apps

Update (2;30 PM EST): The OSM Foundation Blog reports on how OSM is used and that apporpriate attribution is not yet given in the apps. (How can a huge company like Apple NOT know to do that???? Do you know how to attribute CC content? No? Time for some homework!)

- OSM Foundation Blog

--- original post 8:00 am EST ---

Wednesday night was full of excitement from the geospatial fans of Apple, which anounces its new iPad and apps easlier in the day. The upshot seems to be:

Apple's new iPhoto uses OpenStreetMap data for much of the world outside the US. How about that for #switch2osm?

 @openstreetmap

James Fee suggests that U.S. data is simply TIGER.

Apple's been acquiring mapping companies over the last few years and its no secret that at some point the company would begin to break ties with Google which is becoming a rival on many levels.

There's still a bit of confusion on what mapping data, geocoding and other tools are used in different parts of the world and in different apps. 

- Apple Insider

- GigaOM

- Ars Technica

- 512Pixels

- (James Fee's) Spatially Adjusted (1, 2)

- Thread at OSM-Talk listserve


Published Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg