Confirmed: iOS iPhoto using old OpenStreetMaps data... without credit

Confirmed: iOS iPhoto using old OpenStreetMaps data... without credit
There had been suspicions surrounding the newly released iPhoto for iOS, because the map data in the app was distinctly not Google Maps data. The first assumption was that Apple had possibly switched to using OpenStreetMaps data, which would be no surprise as Apple has been slowly distancing itself from Google in iOS.

That has been confirmed by OpenStreetMaps that Apple is using its data in the iPhoto app, although Apple has created new tiles from that data. OSM is "rather pleased" to see Apple using its data, but wants to warn users that the data provided in iPhoto is "rather old (start of April 2010)", so the newest additions won't be in the maps. Additionally, although Apple is using data from OSM, Apple has not put in the proper credits to the contributors that OSM asks. OSM is crowd-sourced and open-source, so Apple wasn't stealing, since the data is free, but acknowledging contributors would have been nice. However, OSM said that it is looking "forward to working with Apple to get that on there."

This move has been expected for a long time. We've seen Apple gradually acquire more and more companies and it seemed as though the intention was always to replace Google Maps with its own product. We questioned Apple's decision a while back, arguing that the time it would take Apple to build its own Maps software would be long enough that it would never be able to catch up to Google's innovation in Maps. Given that this trial run in iPhoto with its own maps is using data that is nearly 2 years old at this point does nothing to dispute that argument, but we do like that Apple is slowly working the product into the ecosystem rather than completely dropping Google Maps all at once. 

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18 Comments

1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

So Apple stole something and took the credit for it? No way. They've never done that before.

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

You can't steal something that's open-source and free. You can use it without credit, but you can't steal it.

14. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

why is apple using openstreet maps though? it seems like they would use their own maps-- not some open source oneā€¦ maybe google is putting on the pressure

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Why those iThiEves.... . ....... .... ... ..... ...... ....

3. quryous

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Sounds like old times, doesn't it.

4. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

If this iPhoto became a success they might buy OpenStreetMaps and do some patenting. LOL

5. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

To cover up the fact that they stole the data in the first place. Pretty sneaky iPhail.

7. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

So does that mean Htc, Samsung or Motorola Stole Android? No, because its open source you dunce. Try paying attention. Michael spelled it out for you earlier but apparently you guys have a real difficult time comprehending.

8. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

you mad?! LOL

9. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

Nope, just gets annoying when people can't comprehend a simple sentence. You illiterate bro?

17. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

definitely mad!! define illiterate?! i guess someone who can't read and write!! try again!1 LOL

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thank you Michael.. for bouncing back on a great article... you are the best of writers even though some people read but don't understand...

12. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

You are 100% correct gallito!!

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Reading can be difficult, especially when people just want to jump into the comment thread to sling some mud.

16. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

yeah, agree with you.. but at least a small footnote credit would be nice from apple's side, just like what Michael have stated.. but, it's open source, so it's not stealing.. it's just like when your mom left some apples for you to eat, and you just eat them without saying thank you to your mom..

15. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

well good luck trying to compete with google maps all this will do is push google to make there product better consumers win

18. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Credit where it's due? From Apple? Not without a court order.

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