Speculation surrounding Google Maps getting replaced in iOS has been around for years. In 2009, Apple bought a couple mapping companies. In mid-2010, the iPhone maker scrapped Google and Skyhook‘s location databases in favor of its own, and a couple months later started hiring iOS engineers with mapping experience. That’s more than enough to keep the rumor mill spinning, but things got a bit juicier today. The legal disclaimer section of the iOS 5 included references to a number of different mapping companies that aren’t Google, most notably TomTom.
Of course, Apple just recently extended its mapping agreement with the search beast so if a big change is headed our way, it won’t get here for quite a while.
Here’s a list of companies included in the iOS 5 map data section: