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Apple has added 10 new companies to the list of data providers for its Maps app, according to Apple Maps Marketing. In a post, first spotted by 9to5Mac, the site says it was given the information by the Cupertino company itself in response to an inquiry.

The inquiry was in regards to submitting one of its clients with a few hundred locations to Apple Maps Connect. Apple replied, saying it’s currently only accepting submissions from businesses with 1,000+ locations, but it could reach out to several firms.

It then provided this list:

  • DAC Group
  • Factual
  • Location3 Media
  • Marquette Group
  • Neustar/Localeze
  • Placeable
  • PositionTech
  • SIM Partners
  • SinglePlatform
  • UBL
  • Yelp
  • Yext
  • Yodle

As AMM points out, we were already aware that Yelp, Factual and Neustar/Localeze were providing data for Apple Maps, but the others are new. This suggests Apple has signed the 10 other providers more recently—all of which specialize in business listings.

When Apple Maps debuted in the fall of 2012, it received a lot of criticism for missing and inaccurate data, and other missteps. It has spent the last 3 years improving the software, and there have been indications recently it’s ready to take it to the next level.

[AMM via 9to5Mac]