Ever since Apple launched iPhoto app for iOS devices, there has been a confusion about which mapping service it is using on it. Those who have used iPhoto on iPhone or iPad can easily tell that it is not using Google Maps. John Gruber over at DaringFireball suggested that Apple was still using Google Maps in Places feature but maps for slideshows and Photo Journals were coming directly from Apple.
Now mapping company OpenStreetMap has officially revealed that Apple is using their maps on its latest iPhoto app for iOS. OpenStreetMap writes:
The new iPhoto for iOS, however, uses Apple’s own map tiles – made from OpenStreetMap data (outside the US). [...]
The OSM data that Apple is using is rather old (start of April 2010) so don’t expect to see your latest and greatest updates on there. It’s also missing the necessary credit to OpenStreetMap’s contributors; we look forward to working with Apple to get that on there.
It is a bit strange that Apple has ditched Google Maps, that is the most popular mapping service and is now using data from other sources. It will be interesting to see if Apple keeps on doing it with other apps or will continue using Google’s solution on its apps on both Mac and iOS.