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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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Using or abusing the legal system?
By sirah on 5/13/2012 1:19:39 PM , Rating: 1
There is no end in sight to the corporate patent wars in the courts today. A few months ago I wrote about the ongoing battle between Motorola and Apple and Samsung and Apple. These cases were centered primarily around the possible misuse of FRAND patents, in both infringement and as a legal tactic. While patent infringement should be discouraged, the issue here is that the major technology companies are using these patents as a legal tactic because not only is there much at stake financially for each party, neither company wants its products taken out of the market. In recent news, Motorola and Microsoft have also been battling it out in courts both here and abroad, with a ruling given in Germany and an initial ruling in Washington D.C. The challenge in the Motorola/Microsoft cases is how to align all of the rulings so that a clear precedent is set for similar types of cases. This also may deter companies from using the courts in a similar manner because the “gray area” will be more defined.

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