Earlier today (12 June 2012) Engadget reported that leaked screenshots from the iOS 6 developer beta running on an iPhone 4S revealed TomTom as Apple’s data provider for its new Maps app.
The Dutch navigation company later confirmed that it has signed a global agreement with Apple for “maps and related information.”
Apple announced its new Maps app during its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco last night (11 June 2012).
The company claimed that it built the app from the ground up, suggesting that it was doing away with Google Maps as the platform for its Maps application. TomTom’s appearance in the leaked screenshots support this conclusion.
This may be good news for South Africans as TomTom offers maps and connected services such as traffic information through its LIVE platform in South Africa.
Unfortunately, TomTom has declined to reveal any further details on which services it provides and where they might be available.
When asked whether South African users could expect map coverage and traffic information from TomTom in the new iOS 6 Maps app, they referred to their earlier statement which said, “No further details of the agreement will be provided.”
TomTom’s communications representatives in South Africa informed MyBroadband that a full press release will follow shortly.
It is unclear whether this new press statement from TomTom will mention South Africa specifically.