Apple Buys Locationary to Help with Maps
Apple has purchased a small company called Locationary. Locationary maintains a database, called Saturn, of business names, locations, and details. The information is crowd-sourced, which means it is kept up-to-date, and can be used to verify the accuracy of mapping data. Apple did not disclose a purchase price for the company, nor what it plans to do with it, but AllThingsD reports that Apple will add both Locationary's database and engineers to is mapping team. Apple launched its own mapping product with iOS 6 last year and the map data was riddled with inaccuracies. Apple issued an apology over the app and redirected iOS device users to other navigation apps with the promise that it would improve Apple Maps over time.
Review: Apple iOS 10
Apple's iOS 10 gives iPhones and iPads a healthy serving of new features. Some are easy to discover, while others are not.
First Look: Apple iOS 11
Apple debuted iOS 11 during the June 5 keynote of its annual developer conference. The refreshed mobile operating system is primed to hit iPhones and iPads later this year with improvements to the App Store, Apple Maps, the camera, Control Center, Files, keyboard, iMessage, Live Photos, Siri, screenshots, and much more.
Apple Scoops Up Mapsense
Apple has purchased a small mapping company called Mapsense, reports Re/Code. Apple paid between $25 million and $30 million for the San Francisco-based firm, which "builds tools for analyzing and visualizing location data." The company's 12-person team will be folded into Apple's Cupertino headquarters.
Apple Releases iOS 10.2.1 to Fix Bugs
Apple today made available the public build of iOS 10.2.1 to the iPhone and iPad. According to Apple, iOS 10.2.1 fixes bugs and improves the security of its smartphones and tablets.
Apple Buys Another Navigation Company
Apple confirmed that it has acquired a small, high-precision navigation company called Coherent Navigation. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time," said the company in a statement, "and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Apple did not say when it bought Coherent, and neither did it say how much it paid for the company.