Spotsetter focuses on helping you search for places using big data and providing recommendations for where you might want to go. The startup basically adds social data (via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, etc.) and venue-review data to maps to accomplish this task. [See screenshot below.]
The move could signal that Apple is turning its attention toward making the native Apple Maps app more attractive, or at the very least, more competitive with Google Maps.
While we don’t have confirmation that Apple purchased Spotsetter, the company did publish a blog post last week letting people know the app would soon be shutting down. So if Apple did buy Spotsetter, the service itself won’t be continuing on as a standalone product.
We’re reaching out to Apple for comment about Spotsetter, and will update the post with any new information we find.