Apple has unveiled a new Search API allowing developers to query its Map servers to get back point-of-interest and location data, which results in integrating the local results into their apps at the time when users search for things nearby them. The new API will let developer to use Apple’s MapKit so as to call up mapping tiles and Google Places in order to fill out location data.
Here is how Apple has described it:
The new Search API in Map Kit enables you to provide map-based addresses and points of interest directly within your app. Whether it’s finding the nearest coffee shop or looking up sites for an upcoming trip, users can find helpful business details such as phone numbers or URLs. Learn more about the new Search API in the Map Kit Framework Reference.