Based on the news we get from 9to5Mac’s. Apple was indeed the buyer of the 3D mapping company Called C3 Technologies. C3 Technologies is a popular Swedish 3D Mapping Company which has been sold out to some tech giants in July.
C3 Technologies made a big splash at CES 2011 when it began demoing its technology on both Android and iOS devices. The company uses formerly classified missile targeting technology to achieve its impressive 3D mapping effects.
Sure enough, we have now learned Apple is now the owner of C3 Technologies. Sources say that C3 Technologies CEO Mattias Astrom , C3 Technologies CFO Kjell Cederstrand, and lead C3 Technologies Product Manager Ludvig Emgard are now working within Apple’s iOS division. The leading trio, along with most of the former C3 Technologies team, is still working as a team in Sweden (interestingly, the division is now called “Sputnik”), where the C3 Technologies company was located prior to the Apple acquisition.
Here we show a sample video flythrough of Oslo, Norway (video improperly labeled):
And here’s a demo of the technology running on an early iPad version:
Apple has been heavily recruiting for their Geo Team and has even revealed in iOS 5 that they are planning their own full mapping solution. This is good news for Apple lovers, because they can enjoy all these vacationing tourist places around the world without having to come directly.