At Apple’s recent annual developers conference in San Francisco, the Mac maker showed off the next iOS 6, the operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 6 has a BFF relationship with Facebook and is deeply integrated with the popular social network.
However, things aren’t so cordial with the other Internet giant, Google, which of course is the force behind Android. The Android OS powers smartphones from Samsung and HTC, among other brands, which are Apple’s bitter rivals both in the marketplace and in courts.
The firm has abandoned Google Maps, which has provided mapping data for the iPhone since 2007. Apple says that its new mapping system features turn-by-turn navigation for owners of the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and new iPad, which could be a threat to sat nav makers. The new maps are also fully compatible with Siri – the voice controlled ‘personal assistant’ can now plan trips and answer queries en route.
Who will provide the maps in Google’s place? The answer came to our inbox in the form of a brief press statement by TomTom, saying that they’ve signed a global agreement with Apple to provide the latter with maps and related info. “No further details of the agreement will be provided,” it tersely added.
Founded in 1991, Amsterdam based TomTom calls itself the world’s leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services. They also claim to have the world’s most up-to-date digital maps covering over 200 countries and territories, encompassing more than 35 million km.