ios6maps Apple inks deal with TomTom for maps

After Apple's announcement that it would be ditching Google Maps in favour of its own Map app at its keynote WWDC address, TomTom has revealed that the Cupertino, California-based company has signed an agreement to use its maps.

After Apple's announcement that it would be ditching Google Maps in favour of its own Map app at its keynote WWDC address, TomTom has revealed that the Cupertino, California-based company has signed an agreement to use its maps.

 
The details of the agreement have been kept under wraps, but it should give Apple global rights to use TomTom Maps, which cover over 200 countries and territories, and encompass over 35 million kiometres across the world.
 
This is an interesting revelation, as it suggests that Apple is still relying on others to provide its map technology, whereas Google is compiling its own data. Of course, with such strong rivalry between the two companies it is not surprising that Apple would rather ink a deal with someone else.
 
ios6maps Apple inks deal with TomTom for maps
 
Encroaching on Google's territory is likely to only escalate tensions between the two companies, but there is an element of “fair game” in the technology industry at the moment, with competing firms stepping on each other's toes fairly regularly and in fairly obvious ways. Often these rivalries are muted when there is a reliance on products, such as Apple's use of Samsung chips or Google Maps, but that is slowly changing as companies seek to become more self-sufficient or establish ties with other third-party vendors.
 
Apple's new Maps app is one of the big driving points behind iOS 6, the latest version of its mobile operating system due out in Autumn. It will feature vector-based maps for smoother and more fluid graphics and text, even when zooming, panning and tilting, a Flyover mode for interactive 3D views, real-time traffic information, and local search.
 
We contacted Apple for more details on this deal and will update you as soon as we get them.