Microsoft map data used in Apple's iOS 6 Maps beta

Apple announced its plans to launch its own Maps app for iOS 6 with much fanfare at its WWDC event on Monday. When iOS 6 is officially released sometime later this fall, the Maps app will replace one that's based on Google Maps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. However, it looks like the beta version of the iOS 6 Maps app has data from an interesting source: Microsoft.

As reported by Technically Personal, a New Zealand based developer named Cody Cooper looked into the data of the iOS 6 beta that's now released and available to download for a select number of developers. Looking around the files, Cooper found that some of the Maps app data comes from Microsoft; the information likely comes from the Bing Maps division of the company.

A page that was discovered on Apple's website adds a number of other credits for the map data (Microsoft isn't listed) and the list includes OpenStreetMap, an open source-based Internet mapping group that has received some support from Microsoft in the past.

It seems clear that Apple is getting its Maps data from a wide variety of sources, including both directly and indirectly from Microsoft. It also shows that Apple doesn't want any part of Google Maps anymore as that company is not listed at all as providing map data for the iOS 6 app.

Source: Technically Personal | Image via Cody Cooper

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Apple is good at dumping partner or old user..that's what they do best. iPhone iPad won't be immortal and eventually they will suffer the fate of mac.

srbeen said,
maps.apple.com

all I have to say. I won't even use a hotlink so you can't accuse me of trickery.

<i>To quote paragraph 1 of the article: "Apple announced its plans to launch its own Maps app for iOS 6 with much fanfare at its WWDC event on Monday. When iOS 6 is officially released sometime later this fall, the Maps app will replace one that's based on Google Maps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch."</i>

this article is about the upcoming iOS 6, to be released this fall, and the map feature that will be included with it... a Google Free version, not to be confused with the version currently running in the present version.

as long as they are giving Bing or MS credit for supplying the data there is nothing wrong with and is good news for all that they are staying clear of google now.

korupt_one said,
as long as they are giving Bing or MS credit for supplying the data there is nothing wrong with

From the article it sounds like they aren't giving Bing or MS credit.

rfirth said,

From the article it sounds like they aren't giving Bing or MS credit.

Yeah, they keep it hidden. I think they should put big Bing and Azure stickers on the new iphone for their maps and cloud services.

korupt_one said,
as long as they are giving Bing or MS credit for supplying the data there is nothing wrong with and is good news for all that they are staying clear of google now.

i suspect if the credit is not given, it will be because the agreement between Apple and the mapping providers does not call for it, rather than Apple trying to pull a fast one.

I think it's probably important to remember that bing pulls in third party map data as much as google does. It's a general acceptance in that field that currently no one body holds all the mapping information required to map the globe... yet.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Nothing wrong with that as long as they didn't steal it.

Nothing wrong with it at all. There would be an agreement in place between the two companies and I am sure Microsoft is getting a nice profit. I expected this when I read the news. Apple making their own software is no shock, but they don't have their own database. They have partnered with MS before on things like this.