Apple has quietly confirmed that it’s adding business listing information from Foursquare to Apple Maps. The addition was spotted on Apple’s acknowledgements page for Maps listing the various contributors of data for Apple’s mapping service (via Apple Maps Marketing).
It’s unclear exactly how Apple is using Foursquare data, but it’s likely users will begin to notice points of interest related data from the service appearing soon. Apple already partners with various companies for the data and other features it uses in Maps including TomTom, booking.com, TripAdvisor, Yelp and others.
Apple uses Yelp and booking.com, for example, to show reviews for local points of interest like restaurants and hotels, and it’s possible Apple will be tapping into Foursquare for similar features.
Foursquare claims to have over 2 million businesses using the service and over 70 million tips, which are essentially reviews and comments for local businesses, submitted by users.
FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.
Great. Now we can inundated with all the haunts Dennis Crowley goes to for iced coffee. The 4SQ ship has sailed…the only one who hasn’t been made aware is Crowley himself.
I think this is a great move; considering I use Swarm quite often, but Apple Maps is another story all together
Lets hope they use the location data as the accuracy of the POIs in Apple Maps UK is woeful at the moment (often out by half a mile or more) while Foursquare’s accuracy is very good.