iPhoto for iOS eschews Google Maps for OpenStreetMap

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.”