SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Apple has acquired indoor GPS startup WiFislam, which rumours have it will add location services to its Maps app when users are inside a building.
WiFislam is part of a California based group of companies building tools to help users navigate their way around in a building, such as a supermarket or museum.
An Apple spokesman told The INQUIRER, "Apple acquires smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple paid $20 million for the startup company.
The acquisition might have been made to boost Apple's iOS 6 Maps app, which was met with widespread criticism last September for its inaccurate locations and poor navigation directions.
Apple issued an apology for its Maps fiasco shortly after its release, with the company admitting that it "fell short" of customers' expectations.
In an email to customers, the Cuppertino firm's CEO Tim Cook said he was "extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better".
If Apple adds indoor navigation to its Maps app it will rival Google, which is also developing similar indoor GPS software.
However, with many iOS 6 users now relying on Google Maps, which was rolled out to the operating system in October and saw 10 million downloads by December, we suspect that users won't go back to Apple Maps after having lost trust in the software. µ
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