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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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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.
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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.


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