In 2012, Apple ditched the unparalleled Google Maps app on its gadgets and released its own Apple Maps app. It was a disaster.
The app was quirky, glitchy and sometimes really inaccurate. It had Apple users begging Apple to bring back Google Maps.
Apple eventually relented and let users install Google Maps again. But Apple kept working on its own Maps app and now it's actually fairly good, and includes some features Google doesn't have. Still, Apple wants to make it better.
That's why it's no surprise Apple has just purchased Coherent Navigation. This 2008 startup has partnerships with high-profile commercial companies like Boeing and Iridium and provides more precise GPS navigation than most commercial systems. Coherent has also worked on autonomous navigation systems, which Apple could find useful for the mythical Apple self-driving car.
Naturally, Apple isn't saying what it's going to do with Coherent Navigation's technology. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple's navigation app gets an upgrade in the near future.
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