Though the product wasn't atrocious by any means, it certainly did not live up to the standards of other mapping products, such as Google Maps, the aforementioned Nokia, or other popular mapping software. Apple had egg on its face, especially as it made a point to remove Google Maps from its latest mobile operating system, iOS 6. The public gaffe may have ultimately led to the departure from the company of Scott Forstall, who reportedly refused to sign the apology letter along with Cook. While Apple wouldn't discuss its plans for WiFiSlam, there are a few facts known about the company which could hint that Apple is really serious about improving Maps. The Silicon Valley-based start-up has developed a way for mobile apps to know a user's location inside a building using Wi-Fi. This will allow maps and location sharing services to more accurately portray positions of businesses, people, etc., especially as it pertains to being inside a building. If accuracy is improved using the company's technology, that would make Apple's data that much more reliable and perhaps change the perception that Apple Maps is inferior to other mapping solutions.
People are increasingly (right or wrong, you decide) turning to mapping solutions, such as GPS locators, and apps to help them navigate their travels. A technology that increases the accuracy of GPS data, especially in hard to navigate areas such as inside a building, is invaluable.
It seems as if all it cost Apple was some time, and roughly $20 million. Now let's see what Apple does with it. -- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York >Contact by Email. Follow @Commodity_Bull