Speculation that Apple may build its own maps application into iOS 5 and ditch its partnership with Google has now been put to bed, after Google’s Executive Chairman confirmed the two companies are still buddies.
Speaking at the D9 conference yesterday, Eric Schmidt confirmed that Apple and Google have just renewed their partnership that sees Google’s maps and search services built into the iOS operaring system – guaranteeing that these features will remain in iOS 5.
Schmidt revealed that although the relationship between Apple and Google had gotten “rough” as Android and iOS become even bigger rivals, they remain good friends when it comes to certain business arrangements. We’re not certain, however, that Google’s services will always be a part of iOS.
Back in March, AppleInsider discovered a job listing on Apple’s website for an iOS Maps Application Developer, who would “radically improve” Apple’s location-based services. The company also revealed last month that it is collecting anonymous location data in order to build a “crowd-sourced traffic database” for navigation services.