[quote name='paulheu' timestamp='1364125667' post='595595000']
Apple buys indoor location tech company WiFiSLAM for a (rumoured) $20M. No doubt we'll see this integrated in Apple Maps and so Apple will follow
Nokia and Google in offering this functionality although they'll no doubt introduce it (in iOS7) and a ground-breaking innovation by Apple sometime this year.
What do you mean follow Nokia and Google? You are aware that the company they purchased is for positioning
inside buildings and not mapping inside buildings?
Apple have already been using Wifi only to figure out where you are - any iPad models without a 3G chip don't have a GPS chip and instead they use Wifi to figure out where you are. I imagine this company has ways which are more intelligent, or more accurate.
From the WiFiSLAM angel website:
[quote]Allow your smartphone to pinpoint its location (and the location of your friends) in real-time to 2.5m accuracy using only ambient Wi-Fi signals that are already present in buildings.[/quote]