With Google CEO Eric Schmidt joining Apple’s board rumors began to circulate of possible collaboration between the two giants of tech. For the most part both companies denied rumors of any collaboration, but an enterprising blogger may have found evidence to the contrary. While researching an article concerning possible collaboration between Google and Apple a blogger operating under the alias Javester uncovered seemingly concrete evidence the companies are working together. Without getting too technical, there is a code string within Apple’s iPhoto app bundle that refers to Google Maps. Specifically the string is a GPS map preset. A user enters GPS information, and an image of that area is displayed using Google Maps. The feature in iPhoto is used to create Geo tagged pictures.
When asked about possible cooperation between the two companies spokespeople from both Apple and Google were tight lipped. A representative from Google is quoted as saying, “We have nothing to announce at this time.” Her counterpart at Apple echoed this sentiment with a broad statement, “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation.”
These comments seem a little out of tune considering a recent entry on the Google Blog. Specificlly an entry citing the use and popularity of Macs at Google, and the creation the new Google Mac Blog. Google has also created a number of desktop widgets and other utilities specifically for mac users. Clearly there is a heightened degree of cooperation between the two companies. Though it is still speculative at this time in can be inferred that further collaboration between Google and Apple is on the horizon.