June 19, 2012, 4:11 PM — Apple and Google need to quit escalating their contest for dominance of the air and the mapping software market before voters start worrying about high-tech companies using drones to peer in their windows at night, according to a letter scolding the two from prominent U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).
Schumer, a high-ranking member of the Senate Judiciary and Finance and Banking/Urban Affairs committees.
Apple and Google have been at each other's throats over dominance of the mapping/personal navigation market since May, when word leaked that Apple planned to replace Google's mapping data and search from the backend of the Maps application in iOS 5 with a "cleaner, faster, more reliable" version from Apple itself.
Hoover Dam as seen in 3-D video acquired by Apple along with C3 Technologies:
Apple had always controlled the interface for its mapping application, but lacked the technology to provide high-speed map-data storage and search until its acquisition of Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9 last year, according to 9To5Mac.
Instead of relying on Google's painfully assembled StreetView images and mapping data, Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 that it would assemble its own mapping data using "military grade cameras" and "spy planes" to create images and data for "flyover" mapping capabilities in iOS6.