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

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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.

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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
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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