Apple to Google Maps: We switched to OpenStreet Maps, don't tell anyone
Well that is good new's..
The problem is that they are afraid to use the word "open" and so the did not give any credit to the OpenStreetMaps Foundation. This is rather usual... No company with a proprietary philosophy will ever accept the term open or free/libre in their product announcements...
According to a blog post over OpenStreet Maps Apple is getting its map data from the community-created mapping project. OpenStreetMap is an open service were anyone is free to use its data and maps at no charge. However, the Foundation kindly asks that anyone who uses the data, provide attribution to its contributors. So far, Apple hasn’t mentioned any contributors, nor has it acknowledged that it’s using OpenStreetMap data.
It's ok though... better use open standards and not tell anyone rather use some proprietary sh*** that no one can benefit from.
- Non-Google maps pop up in iPhoto for iOS (news.cnet.com)
- OpenStreetMap delighted to see another prominent map user (Apple) (osmfoundation.org)