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Apple's new Maps app  (Source: 9 to 5 Mac)
Apple is expected to show off the new Maps app at the company's World Wide Developers Conference in June

Apple is reportedly ditching Google for its Maps application once iOS 6 comes around.

Since 2007, Apple's Maps app has used a Google backend. This means that Apple has had full control of the application design, but Google owned the backend. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch have all been running Google Maps since each device's launch.

But this is all about to change, according to 9 to 5 Mac. Apple is now looking to launch an all new Maps application with an Apple backend that is reportedly faster and more reliable than Google Maps.

The decision to go solo was based on Apple's acquisition of Placebase, an online mapping service with special customizations and features; C3 Technologies, which provides detailed 3D city models for the web mapping industry, and Poly9, a Canadian company that creates interactive 3D software designed for use in a browser.

With these new mapping services in Apple's back pocket, the tech giant is ready to launch a whole new application once iOS 6 debuts. The app will have a new logo, but more importantly, it will offer 3D mode for a stunning view of any location the user chooses. The 3D mode feature was built by C3 Technologies.

Users can choose 3D mode much like they currently select pin, traffic and map buttons: just by pushing a new "3D" button. Once doing so, the user will receive realistic images right on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Many expect Apple to show off the new Maps app at the company's World Wide Developers Conference in June.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac



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Love it.
By Mitch101 on 5/11/2012 3:47:17 PM , Rating: 2
I cant wait to hear from Google about this. If they even say anything at all especially after the Mozilla/Google on Windows 8 ARM tablet complaint that isnt even released. Who really has a monopoly on Mobile devices currently Apple or Microsoft who hasn't release their tablet and Windows Phone sales are just finally starting to increase from the fraction of the market they hold?

Id wonder if Microsoft can cross sue Google and Mozilla for the aggressive nature they show toward Microsoft yet turn a blind eye to Apple.




RE: Love it.
By icemansims on 5/11/12, Rating: -1
RE: Love it.
By kleinma on 5/11/2012 4:02:00 PM , Rating: 3
if you start to count smartphones and tablets as computers though, MS does not hold anywhere near 90% of the computer OS market. They might have those numbers in the desktop/laptop OS market, but lets face it, they are all computers.


RE: Love it.
By Samus on 5/12/12, Rating: 0
RE: Love it.
By Arsynic on 5/14/2012 9:28:04 AM , Rating: 1
Windows 8 tablets have 0% market share. The whole dispute was over the tablet version Windows RT not the desktop versions which aren't affected by the browser lock down.


RE: Love it.
By Solandri on 5/11/2012 4:11:16 PM , Rating: 4
The real question is going to be if Google Maps will be available for download in the App Store with timely updates. Or if it will be mysteriously delayed while it's "pending approval" for unspecified reasons.

Nobody really cares if a company pitches their own product. What's important is that they do so in a way which doesn't hinder the competition's.


RE: Love it.
By kleinma on 5/11/2012 4:16:19 PM , Rating: 2
The difference will be the native Apple made app will always be leaps and bounds better. Not because Apple makes better software, but because they will allow it to be better on their platform. It will integrate with siri, and with other apps and contacts and all that, and google maps will be left in an apple sandbox to play by itself.


RE: Love it.
By quiksilvr on 5/11/2012 4:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
I honestly don't think Google wanted to upgrade their maps on Apple. And it makes sense. It was a major competitive edge against iOS. My cheap ass T-Mobile Comet has Google Navigation and works very well with voice turn by turn navigation. I can even switch to satellite mode (which kills bandwidth but is possible).


RE: Love it.
By ChronoReverse on 5/11/2012 5:20:01 PM , Rating: 3
Will it? The current iOS maps app is made by Apple. Only the data is from Google and most people will agree that the maps app is currently terrible.

Seems to me Apple deliberately didn't bother improving it until they can make a splash with their own map data.


RE: Love it.
By name99 on 5/11/2012 5:57:56 PM , Rating: 1
You do know that Google Earth already exists as a separate app in the app store, right? And no-one's stopping it from being downloaded.
There's nothing to stop Google adding a "flat map" mode to that.

Jesus, people are so desperate for conspiracy theories, even when they make absolutely no sense.


RE: Love it.
By TakinYourPoints on 5/11/2012 7:07:17 PM , Rating: 2
The whole notion that Apple's app store is highly restrictive while it simultaneously has far and away the greatest number of high quality apps from the most developers of any mobile platform is quite the feat of mental gymnastics that some people put themselves through.

If Google wants a map app on iOS, they'll make one, or as you said they'll just roll that functionality into Google Earth. It isn't like there isn't a lack of map apps out there either, Tom Tom and several others have been there since the beginning.


RE: Love it.
By Reclaimer77 on 5/11/2012 7:02:25 PM , Rating: 2
Except there is only one that doesn't suck: Google Maps.


RE: Love it.
By testerguy on 5/12/2012 2:57:59 AM , Rating: 2
Until now...


RE: Love it.
By Solandri on 5/13/2012 2:55:36 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
The whole notion that Apple's app store is highly restrictive while it simultaneously has far and away the greatest number of high quality apps from the most developers of any mobile platform is quite the feat of mental gymnastics that some people put themselves through.

You misunderstand what's meant by "highly restrictive".

Apple makes it so (short of jailbreaking and side-loading) the only way you can get executable code onto your iOS device is via the App Store. That's why they don't support Flash - it can function as a code interpreter (you can go to a website and run a random flash app there). They've allowed a few BASIC interpreters, but they're not allowed to download code. You have to type any code you want to run by hand (basically they're toys, not real tools).

In contrast, Android lets you install and run anything you want. There's a setting you have to toggle (allow untrusted sources), but it's a simple two taps and you're free to run anything you want. That's why Apple's App Store is "highly restrictive". It just is. Mental gymnastics are required to believe that it isn't.

That's not to say Apple's method is without merit. By strictly controlling all avenues through which you can get executable code onto an iOS device, they make it a lot harder for malware to spread. It's for this reason that I have no problems recommending iOS devices for friends and relatives I know are computer luddites. But for someone like me who likes to tinker with my computers, it's overly restrictive.


RE: Love it.
By Solandri on 5/12/2012 4:34:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You do know that Google Earth already exists as a separate app in the app store, right? And no-one's stopping it from being downloaded.

I said nothing about whether Apple would or wouldn't impair Google Maps as a competitor. I merely said that's the indicator we need to be watching out for if we're trying to root out monopolistic behavior.
quote:
Jesus, people are so desperate for conspiracy theories, even when they make absolutely no sense.

Ironic you should say that, considering that you imagined an anti-Apple subtone in what I wrote when there was none. I gave one hypothetical situation where Apple acts as good citizen, and one where Apple acts as monopolist. If merely outlining the two possibilities is what passes for a conspiracy theory in your book, that's a pretty severe pro-Apple bias you have.


RE: Love it.
By nafhan on 5/11/2012 4:25:30 PM , Rating: 2
Uhm, it sounds like you're saying: Google has no room to make a complaint that they haven't made, MS should sue Google and Mozilla for complaining, and something about Apple having a monopoly.

What point are you trying to make? I'm curious.


Don't care about 3D stuff
By Guspaz on 5/11/2012 4:30:27 PM , Rating: 4
I don't care about fancy and useless 3D views. I just want turn-by-turn directions, which Google has had for years. Also, I want them to not break existing functionality, like public transit directions in Montreal, which work just fine currently.




RE: Don't care about 3D stuff
By euler007 on 5/12/2012 10:35:03 AM , Rating: 2
When are they adding live tracking of protests and smoke bombs in google maps?


Um...
By p05esto on 5/14/2012 11:52:05 AM , Rating: 2
Bing maps have had this 3D birds eye view for a few years now. It looks identical to what Apple is showing here. Just another case of all the press going to Apple and thus the iSheep turds will follow and think Apple is inventing the world and deserves their worship.




Using or abusing the legal system?
By sirah on 5/13/2012 1:19:39 PM , Rating: 1
There is no end in sight to the corporate patent wars in the courts today. A few months ago I wrote about the ongoing battle between Motorola and Apple and Samsung and Apple. These cases were centered primarily around the possible misuse of FRAND patents, in both infringement and as a legal tactic. While patent infringement should be discouraged, the issue here is that the major technology companies are using these patents as a legal tactic because not only is there much at stake financially for each party, neither company wants its products taken out of the market. In recent news, Motorola and Microsoft have also been battling it out in courts both here and abroad, with a ruling given in Germany and an initial ruling in Washington D.C. The challenge in the Motorola/Microsoft cases is how to align all of the rulings so that a clear precedent is set for similar types of cases. This also may deter companies from using the courts in a similar manner because the “gray area” will be more defined.
http://www.patexia.com/feed/microsoft-v-motorola-u...




A dish served cold
By Tony Swash on 5/11/12, Rating: -1
RE: A dish served cold
By drycrust3 on 5/11/2012 6:04:21 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
If Apple achieves that ambition, and I can see currently nothing that looks capable of stopping them

Nothing ... except reality. Governments are notorious for liking to be the top dog in a country, and for not liking serious competitors. If you look at history in the USA, Bell Telephone was broken up because they got too big and powerful. I cannot see Apple, who were the subject of recent allegations about whether they paid the right amount of taxes, being allowed to get so big and powerful that they control the amount of taxes the US Government collects from Apple's competitors.
What you will find is that as Apple's influence grows and the overall tax take starts to drop, so the subtle and not so subtle law changes will also grow that stymie that influence and allow Apple's competitors to keep paying taxes.


RE: A dish served cold
By Tony Swash on 5/11/12, Rating: -1
RE: A dish served cold
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/11/2012 7:59:41 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
but nothing Apple is doing in the tablet market precludes anybody else competing fairly in that market.
Except....SUING them for making something they PERCEIVE is copying. I swear, you are so blind to reality it's not even close to being funny anymore.


RE: A dish served cold
By Tony Swash on 5/12/12, Rating: -1
RE: A dish served cold
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/12/2012 10:15:05 AM , Rating: 2
Apple shill to the rescue with a another book of a post....


RE: A dish served cold
By Tony Swash on 5/12/12, Rating: -1
RE: A dish served cold
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/14/12, Rating: 0
RE: A dish served cold
By messele on 5/13/12, Rating: 0
RE: A dish served cold
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/13/2012 5:38:28 PM , Rating: 2
Except what you say, isn't really saying much. Also, you think your petty childish insults is doing something? Not really.


RE: A dish served cold
By Pirks on 5/14/2012 12:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
Nice work clown, I like your funny posts too, post some more one liner BS please :)


RE: A dish served cold
By drycrust3 on 5/11/2012 9:21:23 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I cannot see what force can stop Apple reaching a billion users in a couple or so years

Technologically, the time is right for more than 1 billion smartphones. The problem isn't the technical limitations, the problem is the world isn't ready for a "Apple with 1 billion 'locked into Apple's system' users".
When you consider the problems Microsoft had with trying to sell Windows whatever with just IE x on it, then you can see that ahead of Apple are even a bigger problems. They supply the hardware, the software, control the apps, and decide which networks will carry their products, each of which puts Apple in the position of being "the Microsoft" in the respective "browser war", e.g. "Why should Microsoft have to allow Firefox and Opera and Chrome on their OS, but Apple won't allow Acer and Asus and HP and Lenovo include Apple's iOS software on their products?".


RE: A dish served cold
By Reclaimer77 on 5/11/2012 7:04:16 PM , Rating: 2
"Revenge" for doing what exactly?


RE: A dish served cold
By StormyKnight on 5/11/2012 9:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps acquiring and further developing a mobile OS for mobile telecommunications devices that currently outsell their own?


RE: A dish served cold
By testerguy on 5/12/12, Rating: -1
RE: A dish served cold
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/12/2012 10:17:05 AM , Rating: 2
Ripped off the entire OS huh? You are an idiot..but wait, we already knew that.


RE: A dish served cold
By Reclaimer77 on 5/12/2012 10:58:07 AM , Rating: 2
He means market share. Don't be a nitpicky douche tester.

quote:
Giving something away for free successfully isn't particularly impressive, anyone can do that.


Right which is why we have so many viable free mobile OS's going around these days. OH wait! Ooops.

quote:
And on that front, of course, no hardware is even coming close to the iPhone.


lol you could pull this statement off last year. But today? There's lots of hardware close or better than the iPhone out there. In fact the iPhone 4S is still stuck with 2008 era antennas. There's like a dozen Android phones that can pull down 10 to 20 Mbps 4G LTE. The iPhone 4S is lucky to pull down 1.5 to 2 Mbps. WOW that's amazing hardware there.

Screens? With the iPhone you can get any screen you want, as long as it's 3.5 inches. With the wide range of Android phones available, you can choose from tiny form factors such as the Motorola Charm or huge ones, such as the 4.5-inch Samsung Infuse. It’s your choice, not Apple’s.

The iPhone isn't even quad core. What are you talking about with that best hardware pitch? Get with the times.

The iPhone is terribly dated at this point.


RE: A dish served cold
By testerguy on 5/13/12, Rating: 0
RE: A dish served cold
By Tony Swash on 5/12/12, Rating: -1
RE: A dish served cold
By Alexstarfire on 5/12/2012 6:50:57 PM , Rating: 2
If that was even close to true I have no idea how he wouldn't have been sued into oblivion for that. And a recent video has shown that Google had two versions of it's OS, one like BB and one that was touch based.


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