US: Back in late March Apple acquired indoor-GPS company called WifiSLAM signalling that Apple could be entering the indoor mobile location services business sometime in the future. Today, a key patent application from Apple titled “3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation” was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent is about bringing detailed street-views to Apple”s Map application. Apple”s patent filing is very stingy in providing us with details about the second half of their invention. Apple states that “In some implementations, forward and backward translation enables the user to enter an indoor panorama of a structure (e.g., a commercial venue), ” like a store for making a purchase. Although Apple has recently taken a bruising over their Map application”s turn-by-turn navigation inaccuracies, it”s crystal clear that they”re charging ahead with determination to bring newly advanced services to Maps in the future.
Source: Patently Apple