The OpenStreetMap Foundation stated in a blog post that Apple is using some of its mapping data within the new iPhoto iPad app. While Apple is still using Google Maps for the app’s Places functionality, mapping data for Photo Journals and slideshows was being pulled directly from Apple’s servers.
According to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, Apple is using outdated mapping data from the company, which apparently dates back to early-mid 2010. They also claim Apple has failed to give them credit for its use of the data, although they’ve stated that they hope to work with Apple to resolve that.
This would signify that Apple is indeed moving away from using Google Maps within iOS and its applications in favor of its own mapping technologies and those taken from smaller mapping companies that Apple has recently acquired, including Poly9 and Placebase. How fast this transition will take place is unclear, although this is clearly the first step toward that eventual transition.