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Ordnance Survey Launches Own Maps Service for Apple iPhone

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Another company has jumped onto Apple's mapping woes as the UK's state owned map maker, the Ordnance Survey launches the organisation's first official mobile app.

OS MapFinder is currently available for Apple devices, but is free to download and includes free overview mapping for the whole of Great Britain. Once downloaded OS MapFinder allows users to purchase and download more detailed map data for outdoor use.

Sections of mapping are purchased in single 10 km by 10 km tiles with prices from 69p and the image brings Ordnance Survey's recognised print quality to iOS devices using 660 dpi. This means that on devices with retina display, the images appear sharp and clear.

All maps are cached on the device, meaning they can be used even without a Wi-Fi or mobile signal.

Peter ter Haar, Director of Products said: "Ordnance Survey prides itself on generating accurate and up-to-date mapping data. Customers have been asking us to extend the ways they can access our detailed and trusted mapping to meet the demands of today's digital lifestyle. We are delighted to be launching OS MapFinder to give consumers the most up-to-date mapping from just 69p. Customers will now be able to enjoy the same experience as using a trusted Ordnance Survey paper map when exploring Great Britain on the go, at the touch of a screen."

The OS MapFinder app will be free to download from iTunes.

The Ordnance Survey confirmed that it is currently developing an Android version of the app.


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