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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 Tony Swash on 5/12/2012 5:14:31 AM , Rating: -1
The point under discussion is about legal restraint based on anti-competitive practices based upon market dominance, i.e monopoly business practices. Suing other companies for infringing your patents or other IP has nothing to do with monopoly business practices, it can and is being done by Apple in a situation where Apple does not control a monopoly share of the market, and it involves Apple requesting and initiating legal scrutiny rather than the company attracting legal scrutiny initiated by the government as would be the case if this related to monopoly business practices.

Apple's claims relating to possible IP infringement will and are being decided in courts of law through due legal process and the gathering and presentation of evidence by both sides in the disputes in a transparent process.

Apple was sued first by the failing Android device maker Motorola.

No Android device has been withheld from a major market for any length of time because of Apple's legal actions.

If one were to add up all the Android device sales lost as a result of Apple legal actions they would add up to less than 1% of total Android device sales.

Androids failure as business venture (for everybody except Samsung) is the result of it's own shortcomings as a business model for device manufacture and has nothing to do with Apple's legal actions.

Your whining about Apple's legal actions is mostly just displacement behaviour to try to cope with disappointment resulting from the failure of Android to halt the growth or curtail the success of Apple, and Androids broader failure in the market place to act as platform upon which a successful global business ecosystem can develop. The failures of Android are not Apple's fault, it's failures are inherent in it's flawed conception.

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 :)

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