Apple to Boot Google Maps in iOS 6 for New Maps App
May 11, 2012 3:34 PM
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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
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.
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RE: A dish served cold
5/12/2012 6:50:57 PM
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.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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