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Is there a way to add new data to the maps ecosystem introduced in iOS 6? For example, is there a way to add my own business to the map so everyone can find it? Also, can I add other point of interest like landmarks or a café that isn't on the maps to the publically visible maps?

If this is not possible, can I do the same thing just for me and share it with friends?

Update

When I look at the attribution acknowledgements for that app I see that data is coming from overwhelmingly many sources. Some of them might even allow user contribution. If that works we just have to figure out which one to choose.

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The previous answer works if Yelp is available in your country. Here's an alternative for the rest of us:

How to add a location or business to iOS 6 Maps

If an important location is missing in iOS 6 Maps you can use this process to suggest it.

  • Launch Maps from the Home screen.
  • Tap the page curl at the bottom right.
  • Tap the text that says Report a Problem above the Print button, middle right.
  • Tap location is missing.
  • Tap Next.
  • Drag the purple pin to the right location on the map.
  • Enter the location information.
  • Tap Send.
  • Add any comments, if asked.

Apple will receive your suggested location, and if it meets their criteria, add it to the data base.

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The iOS Maps application integrates data from Yelp (see the Local Search section of Apple's description of Maps), so I would guess that getting your business listed on Yelp would be a good start.

Find our more about how to create a Business Yelp account.

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It seems that maps integrates the rating and review part only. The actual business data (location, adress, phone numbers etc.) doesn't seem to come from Yelp. –  bitbonk Sep 20 '12 at 11:19

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