The New iPhoto App for iOS Doesn't Use Google Maps
The process of Geotagging our photographs has now become a very common drill for people taking pictures to share with other people. Geotagging lets us see where and when a photograph was taken. iPhoto for the Mac supports Geotagging and allows us to share that personal information with the people we send our photos to. The location of where the photograph was taken will then be shown on a Google Map.
Today, Apple announced, demonstrated, and released iPhoto for iOS
into the App Store – compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 5.1 (also released today
). iPhoto for iOS will allow us to Geotag and view the Geotagging of our photographs that we take on the go, however it doesn’t appear to be using Google Maps to show us information about our photographs anymore.
We are aware that a while ago Apple purchased two major mapping companies – C3 Technologies
and Placebase. These companies were supposed to have proven useful to Apple as they attempt to dominate the computing world without relying on competitors to make the iOS device lineup great. The absence of Google Maps, which still powers the Maps application for now, in the iOS iPhoto application shows us that Apple has not been slacking on their plans to create their own interfaces.
The maps used in the screenshots above are obviously not of Google Maps and are taken from the iOS iPhoto application. Ironically, iPhoto for Mac OS X still uses Google Maps to show us the information about our Geotagged photographs. It is not yet known what Apple plans to do with this mapping technology, whether they plan to bring it to the Mac or integrate it into the Maps application. If Apple does bring these mapping technologies to iOS and OS X then Google will have more competition to worry about as Apple brings their finalizing touch to the digital mapping world as they have with many other services such as voice dictation.