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“TomTom” Spotted In iOS Legalese, New Apple Maps Coming?

New evidence has apparently been spotted that gives weight to the rumor about Apple working on its own iOS mapping solution.

Inside the latest iOS 5 beta, a new tidbit in Appleā€™s Map Data legal statement, housed in a brand new section that sits apart from Google Map’s software license. In it, not only does the name “TomTom” (a giant in mobile navigation) appear, but also “Waze,” the maps and traffic data company known on the consumer side for its very popular crowd-sourced application.

Other navigation-related companies are included in here as well. In addition to TomTom and Waze, there’s mention of:

  • CoreLogic, which offers parcel data that marks property boundaries high accuracy in location-based solutions.
  • Getchee, a location data provider covering China, India and Southeast Asia.
  • Increment P Corp, which supplies location and traffic data covering Japan.
  • Localeze, a company that offers listings of local business.
  • MapData Sciences Pty Ltd. Inc, a mapping company for Australia and New Zealand.
  • DMTI, provider of postal code data for Canada.
  • Urban Mapping, which specializes in in-depth neighborhood data such as crime, demographics, school performance, economic indicators and others. (UM was a partner of Placebase four years ago, before Apple bought the company.)

The fact that this section sits apart from the Google Map license is what’s setting tongues wagging. (Though perhaps not as much as it would’ve on any other day than this one, when a Chinese tipster leaked the iPhone 5‘s September release. Click on this TechnoBuffalo post for more on that.)

Since Google has already re-upped with Apple for its iOS maps, users probably won’t be foregoing GMaps anytime soon. But that begs the question, what is all this evidence pointing to then? A separate native navigation application? Or GMap’s replacement for iOS 6 maybe? Let us know if you have any theories to kick in here.

[via MacRumors]


Adriana Lee

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