Originally posted by AppleInsider
One of the rumored features is said to be OS-level integration of a geographical mapping technology, similar to Microsoft's Virtual Earth. In recent months, Microsoft has made several acquisitions aimed at bolstering its Virtual Earth division, including a buyout of Vexcel Corp.
According to sources, Apple has been working on a similar approach, but modeled after Google's Maps feature. The technology will presumably allow Leopard users to scour the globe through satellite imagery and whisk up driving directions on the drop of a dime.
I think these two paragraphs are misleading. I have no doubt that Apple is looking into geographical mapping technology. But, it will not be "OS-level" and it will not be served by Apple.
I can't see any reason to integrate geographical mapping technology into an OS at this point in time. I can, however, see putting it in Sherlock. As a matter of fact, that seems like the perfect place for it to me. To start talking about OS-level integration, I think we're going to need to see built-in GPS units.
Get your tinfoil hats now! Apple's putting GPS units in all of their laptops. Combined with built-in iSight, they'll not only be able to see you, but also know where you are!
Also, why would Apple even bother trying to host geographical mapping data? If they do anything, they'll connect to someone else's server, and just put a nice UI on it that users can reach easily without opening Safari.