We’ve long expected Apple to move away from Google as their map providers, and instead put its own acquisitions to use, after the relationship between the two companies started deteriorating.
We got the first glimpse of it when Apple started using OpenStreetMap data in iPhoto for iOS.
But Apple had used OpenStreetMap data without giving proper attribution. At that time, the Foundation wrote a blog post stating that it was very pleased to find out that Apple had switched to OpenStreetMap, but pointed out that the necessary credit to OpenStreetMap’s contributors was missing.
Apple seems to have finally addressed the issue by crediting them in the app’s Acknowledgements section, which was updated recently. OSM Foundation tweeted about it and also confirmed it on their blog:
Apple appear to have added OpenStreetMap attribution in their iPhoto v 1.0.1
But we’re delighted to see another prominent map user make the switch to OpenStreetMap, and look forward to many more.
The OSM Foundation told TalkingPointsMemo how it managed to get Apple to give it due credit:
The OSM Foundation has made informal contact with staff at Apple and, in addition, one of our volunteer mappers who is an iOS developer spoke to people at Apple. We believe it was the latter that precipitated adding the attribution – it’s great to have such an active and engaged community!
If you want to take a look at how Apple’s rendered maps look using OSM data, head to this link.