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Apple moving to in-house location services

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, July 30, 2010
News Categories: Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod

Apple is abandoning past partners Skyhook and Google for location data in favor of its own database, signaling a further move towards in-house mapping and location services. TechCrunch reports that in a letter responding to a Congressional request for information about its data collection, Apple indicated it is now using its own location database to provide iOS 3.2 and later devices with location information. “For devices running iPhone OS versions 1.1.3 to 3.1, Apple relied on (and still relies on) databases maintained by Google and Skyhook Wireless (“Skyhook”) to provide location-based services,” Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell said in the letter. “Beginning with the iPhone OS version 3.2 released in April 2010, Apple relies on its own databases to provide location-based services and for diagnostic purposes.” Apple purchased online mapping firm Poly9 earlier this year and bought the mapping service PlaceBase in 2009; these acquisitions, along with confirmation that it is running its own location database, lend credence to the suggestion that Apple is planning to launch its own mapping service.

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1

A great idea by Apple, but I have my concerns. Namely, Apple has been known to charge for things that can generally be found for free (e-mail, cloud storage, etc.). Would Apple try to charge for maps? If they did, I’d be ramping up to by an Droid X.

Posted by Dave on August 2, 2010 at 10:54 AM (PDT)

2

So how do we submit updates to the Apple location database? Skyhooks was easy.

Posted by Jeff on August 8, 2010 at 4:02 AM (PDT)

3

This has made all of my location service apps useless as I can longer be found at home - my iTouch think sI am 200 miles away stuck in the location that it last found before I upgraded

Hoped 4.0.2 would fix the problem but no such luck

Posted by Peter on August 13, 2010 at 3:30 PM (PDT)

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