I’m watching the D9 talk with Google Board Chair Eric Schmidt who just said that Google just renewed their Maps relationship with Apple. In the next sentence, he said there is a search relationship in place, but wasn’t as certain with his words. This backs up our source from last week.
Now, sources have told 9to5Google that although Apple is working to improve the iOS Maps application, iOS 5 will not bring an Apple developed maps service and Google Maps is still in. Besides Apple’s purchase of both Placebase and Poly9, some speculated that Apple is building their own maps service to either compete with Google or step away from their input into iOS.
- iOS 5 will continue to use Google Maps (9to5mac.com)
- iOS 5 will continue to use Google mapping data (9to5google.com)
- Google search page on iOS devices gets face lift and tabs (for some) (9to5mac.com)