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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: A dish served cold
By drycrust3 on 5/11/2012 9:21:23 PM , Rating: 2
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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?".


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