Apple has acquired about fifteen companies in 2013 so far, but not all negotiations have been made public. According to 9to5Mac, the long acquisitions list include BroadMap and Catch, a mapping company and a competitor to Evernote, respectively. And, both could be used to renovate the functionality of iOS.
The BroadMap deal would help Apple to support their efforts in the area of the mapping services, which is being developed to abandon the Google Maps since the iOS 6 launch. BroadMap is specialized in the managing, sorting, and analyzing mapping data, although it doesn’t offer any killer apps that can be integrated as the Apple software. Hence, the talent and experience of the BroadMap team could help the Cupertino to improve the products in the long run.
Although, Apple hasn’t confirmed the acquisition, but there’re many signs that explain the deal has already done few months ago. The LinkedIn profile of the CEO of BroadMap shows their company is recently acquired by a Fortune 500 company, and in this case it’s Apple. In transition, Apple won’t take the company or its name, but almost all members of the team will join Apple’s mapping squad.
The other possible acquisition relates to Catch.com (formerly known as Snaptic), a cross-platform app for taking notes, which competes directly with the popular Evernote. According to 9to5Mac, the majority of the employees of that company is now working for Apple, and the deal was closed earlier this year with the team that spoke of “a difficult decision to take the company in a different direction.”
It isn’t yet known when the expertise of both companies will be integrated in the services of Apple. It’s likely that we may see something in iOS 8, which should debut in the second half of 2014.