Apple-Waze social mapping acquisition 'not happening'

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Reports claiming that Apple could buy social mapping service Waze have been rescinded, with the source of the rumor now saying such a deal is "not happening."


Following up on its original report, TechCrunch said on Thursday that multiple sources have since indicated that Apple will not buy Waze. Author MG Siegler was reportedly told by multiple sources that "there is no deal happening? now or anytime soon."

He suggested that the companies could have talked about a potential acquisition, but noted that larger companies talk with smaller companies about possible deals "on a daily basis."

Initially, Mike Butcher reported on Wednesday that Apple was "sniffing around Waze." A similar rumor also appeared on an Israeli website.

Waze is a popular iOS application that the company says has more than 30 million users. It allows users to share real-time information on traffic congestion, gas prices, accidents, speed traps, checkpoints and more.

The Waze application for iOS was highlighted by Apple in September as an alternative mapping option on the App Store. Apple began promoting competing applications after users complained that its new Maps application in iOS 6, which replaced Google Maps data with its own proprietary service, was substandard.

The poor perception of the new iOS Maps was originally believed to be a driving force behind Apple's supposed interest in Waze, but with Thursday's report it's now said that such a deal will not be happening.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    gordygordy Posts: 1,004member

    That's the thing about rumors, most aren't true.  I'm pleased that this one turned out ot be false.

  • Reply 2 of 6
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member
    And there goes the stock...
  • Reply 3 of 6
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member

    I remember that Apple has a patent related to iPhone GPS data cultivation to create more accurate traffic maps. This patent (which was reported on some time ago) should be a part of this story.

  • Reply 4 of 6
    razorpitrazorpit Posts: 1,796member

    Whew that was a close one, if there is one thing worse than iOS maps its Waze.

  • Reply 5 of 6
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member


    Originally Posted by blackbook View Post

    And there goes the stock...


    Precisely, and that's why the rumor was seeded in the first place. Some a-hole analyst shorting the stock puts out the rumor and then squashes it, reaping the profit for the drop.

  • Reply 6 of 6
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,675member
    razorpit wrote: »
    Whew that was a close one, if there is one thing worse than iOS maps its Waze.

    Good one. You should post that here
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