Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference Monday with the usual spate of new product announcements, self-congratulatory proclamations and cheap shots against archrival Google. The marquee headline was the overhauled iOS 7, which Apple CEO Tim Cook called "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone."
Apple announced during its developer's conference today an "iOS in the car" program that will essentially integrate select iOS apps into the vehicle dashboards of participating automakers. Apple's Eddy Cue explained that cars running the program will be available starting next year, and automakers supporting the effort include Honda, Kia, Chevy, Nissan, Volvo and a number of others.
Apple's is accelerating efforts to integrate its iOS software and services into in-car infotainment systems.
Apple has purchased indoor GPS services firm WifiSLAM, a move that likely signals an expansion of its Apple Maps platform.
While a list of recent Apple Maps improvements obtained by The Loop indicates the company is continuing its efforts to improve the much-maligned platform, users were quick to respond with a flood of complaints--suggesting Apple still has significant work ahead.
Google released the first major overhaul of its popular Maps application for Apple's iPhone, highlighted by new features designed to simplify local search.
Apple is in advanced negotiations to acquire crowdsourced location services firm Waze, a move to improve its much-criticized Apple Maps platform, TechCrunch reports.
Apple is in preliminary discussions to integrate foursquare local data into its fledgling Maps platform for iOS, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Nearly three months after Apple replaced Google's preloaded mapping services with its own Apple Maps platform, Google Maps is once again available to iOS device users, this time as a native application offered for download from the App Store.
Shares in TomTom have risen sharply after an analyst at Rabobank International said Apple could be preparing a takeover bid. The thinking is that Apple could bid for TomTom to quickly improve its maligned Apple Maps service.