It’s the festive season where everybody’s out shopping and enjoying the last days of 2013 and things are the same too for Apple. The Cupertino company has recently been reported to have bought two tech companies, BroadMap and Catch. BroadMap is a company that focuses on geographic information system and location services while Catch on the other hand is one that focuses on productivity. The news was first reported on 9to5Mac and AllThingsD later got a confirmation from Apple that they have indeed bought these two companies.
It is without a doubt that Apple is desperate to fix up the Apple Maps disaster that was caused when the service was first launched. Apple has already bought several companies to help offer a better mapping service and this latest acquisition could help improve the data Apple has on its Maps app for both iOS and OS X.
As for Catch, the company used to offer a cross-platform note taking application that has been regarded as an Evernote competitor. The company mysteriously shut down in August citing a “difficult decision to take the company in a different direction”. As reported by 9to5Mac, Catch could help Apple in several ways including integration with Siri for reminders and notes function, integrate the Notes and Reminders iOS/OS X apps, and such. Find out more on 9to5Mac and AllThingsD.