Apple has always been willing to grow its resources via merger but this year the Cupertino company has been on an acquisition spree, purchasing a variety of startups and established companies in an effort to bolster its products. With companies like Hopstop, Embark, and the newly-purchased Algotrim now under its belt, Apple has the ability to incorporate a wealth of new technology into its hardware and software. From transit app creators to video streaming groups, here are Apple’s biggest acquisitions of 2013.
One of the biggest companies picked up by Apple this year, HopStop offers mass transit directions software that is used by over 2 million people on the web and mobile devices. The HopStop app solves the ever-prevalent problem of getting lost on the subway, as it tells users exactly which trains and buses they can take to their destination. HopStop initially served the subway systems of major U.S. cities, though it has since expanded worldwide to countries such as the U.K., France, New Zealand, Sweden.
While Apple hasn't announced exactly how they'll take advantage of HopStop's software, it will almost undoubtedly implement the transit app into its own Maps app. Apple's map application may still be playing second fiddle to Google Maps, but the company's new alliance with HopStop can help them get back on top.
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