For the past few years, Apple has been hammering away at building its own mapping platform to shake the yoke of Google Maps. It just took another step toward assembling its cartographic Frankenstein monster by buying up C3 Technologies, which assembles hyper-realistic 3D maps and integrates them with more traditional 2D maps and photos.
C3 creates insanely detailed maps that are accurate to within six inches, and has really nifty flyover views, which are sort of like a Hulked-up version of Google's recent rollout, Helicopter view. It was actually sold almost three months ago, but at the time the buyer was a mystery. Folks had already been guessing it was Apple, but now we know.