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  • Apple Discussing Partnership With Foursquare, Possible Effort to Bolster Maps App


    Apple is reportedly in talks with Foursquare about adding the company’s data to iOS map according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

    The WSJ report claims the partnership would eventually lead to Apple incorporating local data from Foursquare into the Apple iOS Maps application. How exactly this will benefit iOS users is unclear, unless Apple wants their iOS Maps app to turn into another virtual game of King of The Hill.

    The report claims Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue has been meeting with Foursquare representatives over the last few weeks, and discussing how their service uses data to find locations and business listings. The partnership would hopefully boost Apple’s lackluster business location functionality within iOS Maps.

    Apples willingness to even discuss partnering with Foursquare shows the company understands the limitations of its current maps application. How the two companies plan to partner, or even if they do is still largely unknown. But, Apple needs to differentiate itself from Google’s Maps offering which has already been downloaded more than 10 million times since being released.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Discussing Partnership With Foursquare, Possible Effort to Bolster Maps App started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. runey71's Avatar
      runey71 -
      A partnership with Foursquare would be great. It could provide a lot of site specific user input and reviews. Like you search for closest Chinese restaurant. Apple Maps find some for you and the Foursquare integration can provide comments from people who have eaten there and whether its good or not. Def a worthwhile integration.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Question: how would u check-in somewhere if the location is wrong on the map?
      (I haven't had any problems with apple maps in Virginia. I just had to throw that out there for all the complainers &#128540
    1. crouching's Avatar
      crouching -
      So why was Yelp integrated in to iOS if their data is not going to be used. Their business locations are actually verified vs Foursquare...seems a little odd to me.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by crouching View Post
      So why was Yelp integrated in to iOS if their data is not going to be used. Their business locations are actually verified vs Foursquare...seems a little odd to me.
      If they do "partner" I'm guessing it will just be something like the Facebook integration on maps. You can choose to write a review from four square or yelp. You can also upload photos from locations using four square or yelp etc. (as in the photos for reviews etc.)