Cyberpress.ca, a French-Canadian news site, reported on Wednesday that Poly9 has been purchased by Apple. The majority of the company’s employees were moved to California and now even the Poly9’s official website has been taken down.

What is Poly9 Globe?

Poly9 Globe has a range of products that can be described as a “cross-browser, cross-platform 3D globe which does not require any download whatsoever.” This new interactive software will allow the users to spin a three-dimensional rendering of the Earth while it provides real-time statistics on the user’s virtual location and this also includes altitude.
The complete and total application includes high-resolution imagery for U.S. metropolitan areas and is just a mere 303 kb. It has been recently listed as discontinued on their official website but the interactive demo of the program remains. You can also see it in action on a number of different websites including Skype and Surveys.com.

The Grapevine Says…

Reports are claiming that Poly9 was just purchased recently by Apple but there has been no official confirmation from both parties. Cupertino, their California company, has been said to have asked the Poly9 employees not to discuss the matter to any media outlets whatsoever.
Poly9 still has its own office in Quebec, but reports are saying that it has been recently closed a few weeks ago. The Canadian company has even worked with numerous clients in the past and these include Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, MSNBC and NORAD. If these reports are true, then the purchase of Poly9 would definitely be considered the second mapping related acquisition for Apple. It was even revealed just last year that the company purchased Placebase, one of

Google Maps’ competitors
There are some who have speculated that the acquisition of Placebase is one of the signs that Apple is planning to create one of its own mapping software for use on their mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. Apple is now in the middle of a growing rivalry with the search giant Google so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Apple company would make their own mark in this endeavor as well. As of now, Apple is partnering with Google for its Maps application for their gadgets and software.

There has been even evidence that Apple is planning and will possibly pursue its own Maps application and this was just last November. This happened when a company job listing sought out to hire someone to help take the iPhone’s Maps application “to the next level”. It stated that the company had the idea that they could “rethink how users use maps and change the way people find things.”

They plan on doing this plan in a seamless, highly interactive and enjoyable way so that the users can be left with nothing but smiles and satisfaction. Apple’s journey into this new area is just starting and it seems to show a wonderful promise for the fans of the Apple system.