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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 testerguy on 5/13/2012 7:41:01 AM , Rating: 0
Right which is why we have so many viable free mobile OS's going around these days. OH wait! Ooops.

Does the fact that it's unprofitable and therefore most sensible companies don't bother doing it mean that it's impressive? Try no. It means the reverse.

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.

Only the new Galaxy 3 even competes with the CPU/GPU combination in the iPhone 4S - which is now 7 months old. Amazing. The rest of the Android phones are still BEHIND in performance. As for LTE, most of the world doesn't even have LTE yet so your point is a nothingness. Good luck with network speeds being the limiting factor anyway given the available network data bandwidth everyone is limited to. Also has nothing to do with the technology of the antenna itself.

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.

Did you even read my point enough to realise that these niche differences which aren't necessarily improvements, ie the HARDWARE, are why some people buy Android phones. Collectively, nobody wants any one Android phone more than the iPhone, but they all have distinct little tweaks appealing to minorities, screen is a perfect example. I wonder if you will later work out that defending Android as an OS based on the HARDWARE is frankly dumb, especially given my point that people are not buying Android because it's Android, but because of niche handsets.

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.

Because the end users will really notice the difference? Saying dual is worse than quad is the kind of simplistic comment I would expect from your probable perception of a dumb Apple user. The 7 month old phone which is still the fastest phone people could actually own, until the only Android phone matching its performance comes out. It took Android handsets a hell of a long time to catch up and when they did it was, lets face it, a generic iterative ugly handset. Impressive given the number of attempts? Lets see if it can hold on to its crown after the iPhone 5 comes out?

The iPhone is terribly dated at this point.

Yeah, the best selling phone which has been surpassed only within the last couple of weeks from its performance crown despite being 7 months old is 'dated'.....

Loving how your whole rant is going on about Hardware though, proving the exact point I made. Retard, lol

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