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Currently, iOS uses an Apple-built Google Maps application. What that means is; Apple does not own the data used by the application, but instead has created a shell that houses Google’s product. Without their own home-grown map application Apple is limited by the service that they can provide to their end users. This creates a dependency on Google by Apple, and with Google being a direct competitor with the Android operating system, it seems that maybe the time is coming for that dependency to be cut.
I personally think the author was reading too much into this bit. I think Apple want to do it just so that they're the first ones to implement something new.

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With the purchase of C3 Technologies, Apple now has three companies under their name working on creating a new Maps application that will be solely their own. As you may remember Apple purchased Placebase in 2009 and last year they purchased Poly9. Poly9 is also a 3D mapping company, and shows that Apple is more than serious about creating this new feature. C3 Technologies uses a declassified government missile guidance method to render detail of buildings, trees, and even smaller objects, which in turn could be used to compete with Google’s Street View.




It certainly looks interesting, although I'm not really sure how useful it would be.

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