Apple dumps Google for TomTom with new iOS Maps app

Apple unveiled its new Maps app for iOS yesterday at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), but it didn't reveal its new source of data since booting Google as its default provider for its Maps app.

iOS Maps thanks to TomTom

(Credit: Engadget)

We now have word that TomTom is one of the main providers of data for the new app. An anonymous tipster sent Engadget "leaked" screenshots that show the app on an iPhone 4S running the iOS 6 developer beta, as well as a shot of a TomTom copyright notice.

CNET has contacted Apple and TomTom for more information, and will update this report when we learn more. However, a TomTom representative told Engadget that it "has signed a global agreement with Apple for maps and related information".

TomTom's experience in making navigation devices and software is likely key to the app's heavy dose of GPS, which offers turn-by-turn directions and includes a new traffic service that shows you the location of accidents, courtesy of crowd sourcing. The new 3D Maps app, which was built entirely in-house, also sports a Flyover feature that displays 3D photographic maps that can be rotated by fingers to get a true view of any location.


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