Apple May Be Looking to Acquire Waze to Bolster iOS Maps

Posted January 2, 2013 at 5:55pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7819 views

Apple is looking to acquiring Waze to bolster its Maps offering on iOS, reports TechCrunch. Waze is a community-based traffic & navigation app with 30 million users that features real-time traffic & road information.

TechCrunch believes that an acquisition of Waze would be more beneficial to Apple than the previously rumored acquisition of Foursquare.

Waze’s international use has been growing because it is genuinely useful, especially in places where Maps remain a problem, such as in Asia and the Middle East. Because Waze maps are built on the location of moving cars, it’s far more accurate than check-in apps. Outside of Google’s project to map cities with Streetview cars – something which has taken years to complete – and the real-world mapping undertaken by volunteers on the Open Streetmaps open source project, there has been little to match Waze’s approach. Waze turned mapping into not only a game, but also a way for drivers to be social, reporting road obstacles, traffic and police traps. It is properly useful.

Newsgeek, an Israeli news site, is also reporting rumors of acquisition talks and has heard that Apple placed an initial half billion dollar offer on the table.

You can download Waze from the App Store for free.

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They see me trollin' - January 3, 2013 at 5:51am
Waze is awesome.... Apple is going to fuck it up!
Jan - January 3, 2013 at 3:03am
Yes, a great move indeed. Then fix the battery drain for this app. Aside from the batt drain waze is brilliant with its connectivity and saved me hours every week.
Asaf - January 3, 2013 at 1:18am
This would be a great move. Waze is awesome in many countries. Much more accurate than apple maps and routes.
Mike power - January 3, 2013 at 12:38am
Don't you realy see how Apple-Crapple works, by copying and buying averything and then call it their own, they are not original, they are fuking idiots, and then watch we'll have to pay for something that has been free right from the begining. hope waze won't sell. Here in Panama it's the best app ever to avoid traffic and cops on the road(speed traps)I wonder how they will call it Waze-Crapple.
Wolverinemarky - January 2, 2013 at 9:18pm
I like Waze it's a cool app hope they don't mess it up or get rid of it all together if they buy it
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