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Apple's next gen maps app may include 3D street and interior views

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Apple's next gen maps app may include 3D street and interior views
Apple has been hard at work on a next-gen maps app for iOS, including a recent purchase of innovative 3D mapping company C3. Best known for their realistic real-time 3D cityscapes, C3 also developed technology for 3D street views and interior shots, potentially putting the Apple maps app on course for a direct collision with Google Maps.

It seems clear that interior views would not be enabled without the permission of a business owner. What’s less clear is how directly Apple intends to take on Google Maps; they have acquired the necessary technology, and are concerned with how dependent they are on Google apps on iOS, since Google’s ownership of Android creates a conflict of interest when it comes to feature parity and iOS app development. Google Maps is in fact the most famous example of this problem, since the Android version of Maps has turn by turn navigation, a feature missing from Google Maps on the iPhone.

With Apple hiring developers and making acquisitions related to their maps project it seems like there is too much smoke to not have a fire. Yet a full maps app would require not just excellent engineers and technology, but a full-scale data-gathering initiative, much like fleet of Google Street View cars.  Apple would similarly need to gather comprehensive business listings, an area where they are far behind competitors like Google, Nokia, and even Verizon.

Perhaps the next version of iOS will bring more answers.

source: MacRumors via Redmond Pie

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posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:33

1. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


C3 helped Nokia develop their 3D maps. Not sure what it means for Nokia now, but anyway, here's a nokia post from when c3 was working with them:
http://conversations.nokia.com/2011/04/19/ovi-maps-3d-the-world-is-not-flat/

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:35 8

2. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


just a matter of time before Apple Earth or iEarth hits the web.... LAWSUIT!

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:37 7

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


still nowhere near google n nokia..,.. and by the time crapple launchs it.. google will b showing maps of entire solar system lol

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:55 7

6. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


It's not out yet. How can you say alrdy that this is crap? You've never rly saw this actually work. And yet you compare something you probably use with something you've never seen or used.

your conclusion: still nowhere near google and nokia. And becasue of that it prooved once again apple is crapple.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:40 8

4. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


imaps.. hope they can leap frog as Google is far ahead...

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:48 8

5. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That would be good. I just hope they don't call it iMaps. The whole putting an "i" in front of everything got old about two years ago.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:57 1

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


true it does sound weird... imaps.. but is catchy and simple... I guess

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:59 1

8. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


It will be called the same as their standard maps app on ios: maps.

ios alrdy does have a standard maps app called maps in case you didn't know. And it uses google maps.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:23 4

18. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you know what gallito.. i hope they try their damn-dest. Google has eclipsed everyone and has been without real competition on this app for quite a while. I would love to see what comes out of Gmaps when there is real competition in the space.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:34 5

9. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Apple is way too far behind on this endeavor!!! Google Maps is the standard on smartphones...and best of ALL it's FREE!!. I can almost guarantee that anything regarding Apple Maps will be a costly app....and probably will only run on one version of the iphone (most likely the iphone5)

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:47 4

11. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


euhm.

"apple is way too far behind on this endeavor!!!"
They bought one of the biggest competators of google maps

"Google Maps is the sandard on smartphones"
yes the ios uses their 'free standard app' maps, as google maps as standard. But their is also made an offline map service for windows, etc.

"Apple Maps will be a costly app"
They alrdy have a standard maps app that's based on google maps. rly? It will be an update on ios.

"it will only run on one version of the iPhone (most likely the iPhone5)"
We'll see, unless you can predict the future. But most likely it will be some sort of update on ios.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:26 5

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the i0S6 part is probably true because apple always waits to show off new features on the new OS and then makes them exclusive to the new phone.. you know, since the new phone and the old phone are sooo similar. they have to differentiate somehow.

Apple is way behind, they are at the starting gate. Buying a company that can make map stuff isnt the same as a working final product like google maps.

google maps IS the standard. google maps has had an offline mode since like 2009

Apple maps is meant to replace google maps. Bet a dollar that the day apple maps becomes available they knock google maps off the market or find a way to bury it in a mountain of other apps.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 05:21

40. Gemmol (Posts: 490; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


check c3 on youtube, it looks better then google maps, I might have to get a apple device now, I see why apple buy them now it will be a great look for next year iphone

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:46 10

10. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And they'll charge people ten bucks a month to use it. They'll call it "innovative" and "revolutionary" because it's more robust than what they had on the iPhone before.

They'll also make businesses pay a thousand dollars to be included in their listings. And make cities pay a hundred thousand to have more flattering street views.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:50 4

13. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Source?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:06 9

15. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It was a joke?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:58 4

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


why do you care... you will never own an Apple product... anyways....

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:07 5

16. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


See above.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 15:27 1

29. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


typical.. run your mouth,,, and when we confront you. you simply say you are joking.... how come.. give that advise to remix for almost popping a vein yesterday when Taco ruined his credibility... and was so supset that he commented to why my mom hasnt drown me at least 20 times....

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 15:45

31. jdrevolution (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I think most readers could see that what Sniggly had typed out was a joke, as it was clearly hyperbole. I know it's sometimes difficult to differentiate in text but it's not beyond comprehension either.
Also, he didn't joke about anyone's personal life, or even anyone specific, but rather a company as a whole, so I don't think you bringing up other people's comments, not Sniggly's, was an appropiate response either. (But the latter paragraph is just my opinion.)

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 16:36

34. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Um. Gallito. No. Just...no. Your entire statement is entirely foolish and wrong. Your desire to keep starting fights with me is beginning to blind you.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:17 2

17. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


I'm pretty sure they are just trying to separate themselves from Google even further. Siri to eliminate google search, iMessage to eliminate use of Google Voice, Maps is next. And really, I doubt you'll have to pay.

The Microsoft Model: Buy the licensing for our software to put on your device. EX: Windows

The Google Model: Everything is free, but you are subject to advertisements based on your personal information. EX: Google Search

The Apple Model: Buy our product and it comes with service bundled in the cost of the device. EX: Siri, iCloud

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 14:03 1

24. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I could be wrong, but I seriously doubt that Siri will illuminate Google search. As nice as Siri is, I'd rather use my computer for the big stuff like research, writing papers and things like that. Even with the ability to do searches vocally on my Droid, I don't reach for my phone when I'm on my computer and I just don't think other people will start doing that now.

As for your discription of the "Apple model", it sounds more like you're describing Android. Everything free = bundled with the cost of the device. I can't think of many things that Apple GIVES you for free with any of it's devices. Not saying that Apple is bad for charging, they are a business after all. But I have to agree with those saying Apple will most likely chage for the app, whether it's a one time fee or a monthly fee. But I wouldn't be surprised if they charge.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 14:30 1

26. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


I should have been more clear. Apple is trying to eliminate Google on its iDevices NOT entirely.

And with Google, I did say everything is free... But with the cost of ads.

Apple makes it so when you buy their devices it has set features and the things it boasts that are included with the device. Like in the example I gave ("EX: Siri or iCloud"). Apps, of course, will almost always cost money on their platform.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 17:45

35. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Okay, gotcha!

But with Android you don't have ads with their services. Navigation, Goggles, or anything. The only time ad come into play are with searches and some free games just like with some free games on iOS. I think they both sell our location and search information because they both make money with their ads divisions.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 15:34 2

30. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Ha! its possible!! most of the interior views will be those taken from the iphones cameras taking random photos again unbeknownst to its owners and sending them to apple!!! lol

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:50 4

12. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Interior view ? So apple can find "lost iphone in a bar" without sending their gestapo...

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:25 1

19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I've been trying to phase out google services since they started stealing from Apple. I've went back to yahoo email and try to avoid google search. Thankfully Apple is making it easier for me.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:40 7

21. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So...how come you didn't phase out Apple when they stole from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Google, Palm and Blackberry?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 14:34 2

27. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Sniggly they didn't steal anything, when Steve Jobs was born god came down from the heavens and tapped him on the forehead.

From that point forward, Steve Jobs created everything good in the world.

Computers, the music industry, touch screen cell phones, touch screen tablets... all Steve Jobs.

Where have you been all these years? It's business 101 that Steve Jobs is the most incredible human being ever to grace our existence and it's quite obvious that anyone who does anything great stole the idea from Steve Jobs.

s**t, he didn't even die, he accomplished death. He cannot fail.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 14:46

28. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


pls specify what they've stolen. Also taco50, pls specify it. With a source website ofc.

So can you give me a site were the software, hardware, design, etc are compared? In terms of stealing? or something else?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 16:15

32. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


thats funny taco50! Thats the clinical psychological reaction that some people have when they are on a losing side of an aspect in life and can't face the realization,phase out all thoughts and aspect of the event till the other side doesn't exists and it never happened. Did you also develop multiple personalities at this point in time? Maybe we should be worried!

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 18:47

38. Leodrade (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


Wanna a piece of advice?
YOU CANNOT AVOID GOOGLE! DON'T TRY IT BECAUSE IT'S IMPOSSIBLE

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:54 4

22. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


this is getting even better
first was
iMac
iPod
iPhone
iPad
iCloud
iMaps
iCrap
iExpencive
iSteal
iBelieveiCaniFly

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 14:16 2

25. jdrevolution (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Now complete with R. Kelly singing as the app for iBelieveiCaniFly opens on your new Apple product!!

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 18:44 1

37. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


iRobot

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:56 4

23. Carlitos (Posts: 297; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Apple is really becoming selfish now. Google will most likely take action to this news, and beat apple to the punch. They are specialized for things like this so I wouldn't be surprise if they do, make it first.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 16:28 1

33. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


apple wants to play catch up with google. quite entertaining.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 18:18 1

36. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


I've always wondered why Apple supported Google Maps & am actually surprised that w/all the OS competition that they are just now considering going down this road. Its like when Bing was on select Androids...doesn't make sense. Looking forward to what Apple has to offer. Google Maps is the only reason I miss Android & if another alternative is developed that can match its quality/reliability that would the missing piece to the puzzle. Flash? Eh. Not a factor...

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 23:10

39. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


This would be awesome for the iphone, just add a removable battery add a pnp feature to quickly add files and the iphone would be something to consider.

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