It’s a funny old relationship Apple and Google have, occasionally working together but ultimately being sworn enemies at the top of the smartphone OS food chain with iOS and Android respectively.
The tension between the two is thought to have dissipated somewhat, however, with the pair having – wait for it – “lots and lots” of meetings.
That's the high-octane word from none other than Reuters, with Google Exec and former presidential advisor (and indeed former Apple board member) Eric Schmidt saying some words.
For examps, Schmidt says Apple and Google are in “constant business discussions on a long list of issues”.
Schmidt neglects to say what those issues are, though he’s previously said that he’d like to see Google Maps reinstated as the default mapping app for iOS.
Of course, Apple made headlines around the world (for all the wrong reasons) when it introduced its Apple Maps app in iOS 6. YouTube also disappeared as a default app in that version.
More recently we’ve learned that Apple has ditched Google as the search engine for Siri in iOS 7, with Microsoft’s Bing taking its place. Google will, however, remain the default search facility for iOS 7 Safari, though the days of the white bar saying ‘Google Search’ are long gone.
Schmidt also discussed self-driving automobile technology, saying it's years rather than decades from commercial availability.
That has to be the stupidest, fattest, laziest, most American idea I’ve ever heard. But hey, I guess it frees up your hands to eat squeezable cheese out of a tube.