Apple quietly buys mapping, note-taking app: report

Two new companies join Apple's roster of acquisitions in 2013: mapping firm BroadMap and note-taking app Catch.

Apple has reportedly snapped up two new companies, according to 9to5Mac.

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The two companies appear to be mapping firm BroadMap and note-taking app Catch, which shut down its app offerings earlier in the year. This was subsequently confirmed by AllThingsD which said that the buyouts actually happened a few months ago.

In 2013 alone, Apple has quietly acquired 15 companies including another mapping company Embark; the firm behind Microsoft's Kinect, PrimeSense; and social analytics site Topsy.

Apple's move to acquire mapping companies makes sense after the widely publicised debacles surrounding the initial iOS 6 release of Apple Maps. Though BroadMap and Catch employees have not mentioned Apple by name, on LinkedIn, BroadMap's CEO said that the company was acquired by a Fortune 5 company "to support their digital mapping efforts."

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