Last year Apple acquired Google Maps competitor Placebase. Its team became the core of an Apple “geo team.” Now Apple has acquired another mapping company, Quebec-based Poly 9. The company produces a 3D Google Earth-like mapping product that doesn’t require a software download or plug-in:
Here’s the feature set:
With this acquisition it seems inevitable that Apple will offer a competitor to Google Maps on iOS devices or replace them entirely with its own products.