Apple launched iPhoto for iOS Wednesday, and it doesn’t use Google Maps for geolocation. Instead, the software uses OpenStreetMap data.
OpenStreetMap is billed as “the free wiki world map.” It’s a global mapping project contributed to by hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world.
Apple’s use of OpenStreetMap data elicited a welcome from Jonathan Bennett, a member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation and author who’s written a book on the project. Bennett noted that Apple is using an older data set.
“It’s also missing the necessary credit to OpenStreetMap’s contributors; we look forward to working with Apple to get that on there,” writes Bennett in a blog post.
“But we’re delighted to see another prominent map user make the switch to OpenStreetMap, and look forward to many more.”