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© C3/Saab Electronics Production | November 02, 2011

Apple likely buyer of Saab's C3

This summer Evertiq announced that defense company Saab had sold the Linköping based mapping company C3 Technologies - albeit without providing the name of the buyer. Evidence now points to Apple as the mystery purchaser, reports Joakim Johansson.
In recent¬†years Apple has been¬†on the lookout for¬†mapping solutions, making ‚Äč‚Äčseveral¬†acquisitions¬†in the area.¬†A large reason for this is that their current system¬†is partly based on¬†Google maps, a system that¬†Apple, understandably,¬†wants to¬†move¬†away from. Blog¬†9to5mac.com¬†now reveals¬†that Apple¬†is most likely the buyer of C3, as top personal from C3 CEO¬†Mattias¬†Astrom,¬†Chief Financial Officer¬†Kjell¬†Cederstrand¬†and¬†product manager¬†Louis Emg√•rd - are all currently working in Apple's iOS¬†Department. There is now speculation¬†that the next generation¬†of Apple's panels and handsets will use¬†C3's¬†3D¬†maps.¬†Given that¬†their units¬†now have new processors¬†and graphics¬†capabilities, this could very well become a reality as Apple have a history of integrating their¬†purchases almost immediately.
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