Analyst: Apple may make an offer to acquire mapping firm TomTom

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
Dec 12, 2012
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  1. An analyst from the Netherlands believes that Apple is interested in purchasing GPS and mapping company TomTom as a quick fix to their own Maps fiasco that continues to drag on. Hans Slob from Rabobank International told investors today that...

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  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Oh wow, here we go..
  3. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    If I was apple I would pay in a heart beat.
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I seriously hope they don't, though. I mean, this has to stop.

    Apple tried their own way and failed hard. "Oh well, we'll just buy a company with all our spare cash". Apple holds out on the maps update, releases iPhone 6 with updated maps to much fanfare. Silly sheep will think the product is amazing, giving amazing sales in return to Apple, who once again will have billions to spend on experiments.
  5. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    And that's how you play the stock market.
  6. ShadowDeath

    ShadowDeath TS Booster Posts: 92   +23

    And here is where we find out that Apple stabbed Google in the back just to spite themselves. lol
  7. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    @ appl, ego is priced that much, eh?

    it would have been better for apple and google if apple just allow the default use of google maps for iOS.
  8. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 158   +15

    I have used Apple's mapping application and have to admit I haven't found many major issues throughout "known" cities around the world. I appreciate if these bad locations can be identified so that Apple may take an action on these areas first.
  9. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    To add insult to injury, Google released (or rather Apple allowed the release of) the new iOS Google maps app a few hours ago. Thank I can finally download iOS 6. I wasn't giving up my Google maps.
  10. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    I have to agree with you there, I haven't actually found that many errors (well none so far) in the UK, I live on the outskirts of London and it appears to be just fine?

    I do still use the TomTom app though if I'm going somewhere quite far (such as somewhere up North) so if Apple bought tomtom the better in my mind, as long as TomTom continue to run like normal and sell GPS units etc... just Apple get access to the core TomTom Software to do what they like to it for the iPhone.
  11. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    Based on my personal experience I swore off TomTom GPS units - they sucked so bad. Now seeing Apple buys it to fix their bad maps is just entertaining.
  12. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    No. I respect TomTom and I have absolutely no more respect for crApple. I can't see this working out too well......

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