With the release of iOS 6.1, Apple has also announced a new Search API that will allow developers to query its Maps servers to get back point-of-interest and location data. This will allow them to integrate these kinds of local results into their apps when users search for things around them.
The enhancement puts more into the developer kit for the much maligned Apple Maps. A comparable tool for the Google Maps iOS SDK is not currently available.
Adding local search to its API definitely doesn’t improve the quality of the results that will be returned, which is still very much a problem, but it does display a willingness to expand on the developer-facing features of Maps, as well as the consumer-facing ones.
- The Next Web via @jeffharrison