National Geographics World Atlas for iPhone Powered by Microsoft Bing Maps

National Geographic has quietly become quite an iPhone app producer. I count 15 National Geographic apps in the iTunes App Store including the new $1.99…

National Geographic World Atlas for iPhone (product page)

National Geographic World Atlas for iPhone (iTunes App Store)

It works with both the iPhone and iPod touch. And, it use an iPhone’s GPS to point to your current location. Maps can be downloaded to the iPhone for faster access. It provides high resolution maps in 3 different styles. It also provides a world facts and flags database. This is all good and well, but here’s what I found particularly interesting:

Preloaded with 3 different styles of world maps, down to country detail. Additional detailed zoom levels and Microsoft Bing maps require internet connection to view. Map Library feature allows you to download and save National Geographic maps for faster access and offline use.

Yep, that’s right it looks like the maps on this iPhone app from the venerable National Geographics organization is powered by Microsoft. Who would-a thunk it, huh?