New Apple Maps Data Providers in iOS8

New Apple Maps Data Providers in iOS8

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Apple, Inc. Cupertino

With the launch of iOS8, Apple has finally updated its list of data suppliers on its “attribution” page:

2014 Apple Maps Attributions Page

2013 Apple Maps Attribution Page

None of the previously listed vendors have been removed so presumably their data is still part of Apple Maps. Three new vendors have been added:

Hexagon
“A leading provider of design, measurement and visualizations technologies.” I am presuming they are providing some whiz-bang new stuff in the updated Apple Maps.

Kingwaytek Technology Co., Ltd.
“The only map provider in Taiwan that concentrates on producing digital maps at present.” I am guessing Apple Maps Taiwan just got a lot better. If you need to fix a Taiwanese listing, I am thinking this is where to look.

http://data.linz.govt.nz
The Kingwaytek of New Zealand.

So no new sources of U.S., European or South American data. There are still a lot of countries that don’t have business listings.

I am still puzzled over the old copyright dates for Acxiom (2012), Factual (2012), Localeze (2012), Yelp (2013) and Open Street Map (2011, 2012). It’s unclear if this means that this data is basically frozen in time, meaning no need to update these sources to get your data updated in Apple Maps, or if Apple just didn’t care enough to update the info. It is September 2014 after all and we’re just getting the 2014 update.