Apple could make a bid for GPS and mapping company TomTom, according to an analyst.
In a note to investors today, Hans Slob, a Netherlands-based analyst at Rabobank International, said he believes there's a 30 percent chance of Apple offering to acquire TomTom. The move, he said, would be designed to quickly handle any troubles Apple could be facing with its Maps iOS application.
"TomTom needs the cash from Apple, and Apple needs the know-how of TomTom," Slob said, according to Bloomberg, which was first to report on the story.
It's not clear if Slob was simply making a bold prediction or has some knowledge of Apple's plans.
Apple's Maps application was hit hard earlier this year when it launched in iOS 6. The application, which is a replacement for Google Maps in iOS, was criticized for a wide array of flaws, including inaccurate information. Apple quickly apologized for the issue and said that it.
If Apple decided to acquire a mapping company to help it improve Maps, TomTom wouldn't be such a bad choice: the company is one of the main providers of mapping data for Apple's Maps, along with Waze, Yelp, and NASA.
Exactly how much Apple would be willing to pay for TomTom, however, is unknown. The company's shares today closed at 4.06 euros ($5.32), pushing its market capitalization -- a measure of the value of a public company -- to 900.9 million euros ($1.18 billion). In other words, even if Apple pays a premium to acquire TomTom, the iPhone maker probably won't even notice a dent in its more than $100 billion in cash on hand.
CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the analyst report. We will update this story when we have more information.
Apple - USE TAG
reading•Apple could make bid for map firm TomTom, analyst says
Nov 13•Black Friday iPhone deals 2018: $150 off iPhone XR and XS, $400 iPhone X gift card
Nov 13•Amazon announces NYC and Northern Virginia as HQ2 winners
Nov 13•No escaping the notch: 13 phones with screen notches
Nov 13•4 ways Google Home can plan your Thanksgiving dinner