Sorry to disappoint everyone but contrary to current reports @BroadMap has not been purchased by Apple.
— BroadMap (@BroadMap) December 23, 2013
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We can probably add BroadMap and Catch to the list of companies Apple has acquired in 2013. “Based on evidence and chatter from sources,” Apple has likely bought mapping firm BroadMap during the first half of the year, and Evernote-competitor Catch within the last few months, according to 9to5Mac.
BroadMap’s expertise is in managing, sorting, and analyzing mapping data.
The company has not confirmed that they have been acquired by Apple. CEO Daniel Perrone, however, suggests as much on his LinkedIn profile.
He notes that BroadMap was acquired by a “Fortune 5” company to “support their digital mapping efforts.” No company on Fortune’s 2013 list currently has a mapping product. No. 6 Apple does, however.
Catch, meanwhile, was a cross-platform note taking app that competed with Evernote. It closed down in August, even though it had just launched a major new enterprise-related product called Catch Team.
As 9to5mac correctly points out, “It would be odd for the company to shut down so quickly after launching a new product.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced Cupertino has acquired 15 companies this year. Only some of these have been revealed. These include PrimeSense, Cue, Topsy, AlgoTrim, Embark, Matcha, Passif Semiconductor, and WiFiSLAM.
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