There wasn’t much surprising about the Apple Navigation app:
Just last week Google unveiled new features including offline maps for Android and 3D mapping, at an event dedicated to mapping, which some people took as a clear sign that the company was feeling the weight of the impeding move by Apple to its own technology. From what we can tell, Apple’s 3D features look a little better than what Google showed off last week but we’ll have to see them both in action to be sure.
On one of the slides from the WWDC I saw a reference to “Map Kit”. I guess we’ll learn much more this week. Navigation appears to be TomTom or Navteq but it is all rumors right now.
@pmbatty The Verge is quoting “we’ve heard rumors that this is a collaboration with TomTom”, so yes, sounds likely
— Richard Fairhurst (@richardf) June 11, 2012
Update It looks like yes, TomTom is providing navigation data. We now have Apple/TomTom, Microsoft/NAVTEQ, Google and eventually OSM as the four main navigation ecosystems.