Apple has acquired two mapping companies that specialise in features its own tool lacks, nearly a year after it dropped Google's feature-rich app from its devices. Photo: Reuters
Apple is expected to boost the functionality of its Maps service after acquiring two mapping companies that specialise in features its own tool lacks, nearly a year after it dropped Google's feature-rich app from its devices.
The report said Locationary is a crowdsourcing startup that collects and verifies data on local businesses and points of interest, while HopStop's strength is in public transport services.
Commenting on both cases an Apple spokesperson said: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
Apple chief executive Tim Cook apologised last September to customers who were frustrated with errors in its new Maps app, which also lacked features such as public transit directions, traffic data and street view pictures.
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