According to the foreign news agency Reuters Apple Inc is remaking the generally used Mapping App on its iPhones from the ground up with its own dataset, but Amsterdam-based TomTom NV will continue to be a data provider for Apple’s maps app, Cupertino, California-based Apple told on Friday.
Apple did not say how its use of TomTom would compare to its previous use, but TomTom shares fell after the news. Apple said it is completely upgrading its Mapping App – the most frequently used app on its iPhones with data collected by its own fleet of sensor-equipped vans and with unidentified data from iPhone users that choose to share it.
Apple said it will start the rollout this fall with new maps of Northern California. Technology publication TechCrunch reported Apple’s mapping effort earlier on Friday. After the story was published, TomTom shares fell as much as 5 percent from session highs before closing the day down 1.7 percent from the previous day at 7.76 euros.