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iOS 6 Maps app to sport an in-house car navigation mode, says WSJ

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iOS 6 Maps app to sport an in-house car navigation mode, says WSJ
Due to the rumors and screenshots flying in the past week or two we know that Apple is ripe to unveil its own Maps application with iOS 6 that ditches the services of Google, and uses its own geocoding solution and mapping backend.

While the geocoding has been in the iOS Maps application since last Novmeber, replacing Google's positioning, now we learn that everything else will become Apple's piece of code too. Wall Street Journal reports today in a lengthy piece that its own sources, among which are current and former Google and Apple employees, confirm the Maps app swap.

Google, they say, started to get slightly worried when Apple bought Poly9 and other mapping and 3D companies, indicating that it is developing an in-house solution. The sources also divulged that Apple has been licensing POI, traffic conditions and local business info for a while now to include in its new application, so it will butt heads directly with Google Maps.

The big question was also if Apple will offer navigation along with the mapping software, and for the first time WSJ confirms that insiders tipped a navigational app that turns iOS gear into an "in-car GPS device". Thus we can deduce that Cupertino might indeed offer a voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation solution of its own, but whether it will be free and offline like Nokia Maps, remains to be seen.

The maps and navigation project has been shrouded in secrecy, WSJ says, to the extent that one engineer who was working on part of it, didn't know what another one on the same project was doing.

source: WSJ (subscription)

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posted on 05 Jun 2012, 08:44 5

1. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Bb google, you can only blame yourself for copying shamelessly alongside Samsung.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 08:52 7

2. mss1988 (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Actually Apple fanboys are biggest copycats. They simply can't stop quoting Jobs's words. You are the perfect example.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 08:59 3

3. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Its being quoted because its the truth.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 12:07 2

21. dcgore (Posts: 229; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


From Alec Saunders, VP from RIM (via crackberry):
"Another thing about Android is — and Google even admitted it — it’s a rip-off of an Apple experience. So Apple is a five-year-old experience, Android is a clone of that five-year-old experience."

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 08:59 5

4. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Oh, do you know that i laughed a lot when i saw the notification bar in iOS 5? Because of the imitating but still being worse than Android!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:05 5

5. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Did Google patent it? No?

Did Apple Patent it? Yes. So Google stole Apple's technology.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:08 6

7. mss1988 (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Apple stole your mind.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:22 2

10. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Actually, I know this is off-topic but the drop-down notification bar patent is actually pending but filed back in 2009.

Here's the sauce:

http://www.google.com/patents/US20090249247?printsec=drawing#v=onepage&q&f=false

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 12:37

25. LAFN (Posts: 57; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


I do suppose that is different than the pop-UP notification bar I had on my Windows Mobile phone 6 years ago.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:11 5

8. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


The notification bar came from Symbian first FYI

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:39 4

11. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


And again, Google didn't get the patent because they stole the notification from Symbian. Poor chap.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 10:08

15. tizz06 (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 May 2012)


but at the end of the day that means APPLE copied 2 different companies and not just google. plus u sound like an idiot by apple patented it and google stole it then commenting later sayin o google stole it from symbian and not apple.

which in turn means apple stole from both google and symbian... very innovative

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 11:04

19. rudlie (Posts: 205; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Notification centre originally shown on palm os. It's called Attention Indicator. And for apple itself, notification centre is one the UI that was stolen by android. Notification centre is in the big roadmap/blueprint of ios version. Unlucky, android implemented first. Please sue apple and prove the notification centre is the originally from android. I think google will afraid.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 10:08 2

14. McLTE (Posts: 875; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Lets analyze this for a second..

Google has had a Maps app on the phone FOREVER, along with FREE navigation.

Apple is now, 5 years later going to implement it in iOS, in no small part because it's done so well in Android phones.. really changing the face of GPS vehicle navigation.

So Apple is rushing to get into the Nav game...

Hmmm... who is copying who here?

Really though.. who gives a s**t?!?!

Apple coming out with their own Nav does 2 things.. makes iOS users happy, which is great. It also keeps other companies like Google on their toes and I expect to see more and faster innovation as a result of this. A win-win for everyone!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 12:07 2

20. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Obviously Google is.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 10:55

18. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


You really don't have ANYTHING intelligent to say do you? If so, please do, we're all getting really bored with you now.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:07 3

6. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I would be game for free voice navigation. The wife has it on her Android Thunderbolt. Free is always good ;)

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:18 6

9. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Cant wait for the new iOS

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:49

12. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


"in-car GPS device" wow! welcome to forever ago Apple! Maybe you could of just stuck with the sat view, street view and indoor view of the superior google maps and devoted some of your resources to not overcharging for years ago tech? How bout that!

With your every move to become a totally closed all apple or nothing company more and more of the herd will flock elsewhere. Take MS smartglass, it embraces all technology. Tech we already own not have to buy year after year to get the newest features out of a ios device.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 10:17 5

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


A lot of companies are starting to shut out google. Facebook and Wikipedia have also stopped using google maps API's.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 13:23 1

27. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


When will these companies stop using Google? I clicked onto a few random locations in my Facebook page and sure enough it pulled up a Google image.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 10:08 2

13. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


QinEmpire's logic is stupid. Not to mention the amount of arrogance he shows...

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 10:26

17. havoxx (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


I just don't understand why people give a damn anymore, these companies are spewing crap out left and right, all "Copies" of the previous thing, that's how it is, then apple patents it, and wastes tons of money/time sueing people, but what's worse is that now other companies are following suit, pretty soon we will have dumb-ass phones that can't do s**t because they are all at a patent war one after the other.

As for the facebook thing, who gives a crap what facebook does anymore, that company will fail in the next few years.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 12:10 1

22. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


apple is clearly copying here, as it did with the drop down notification and Siri

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 12:23 2

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


Fandroids are not very bright. Having navigation isn't copying. It's only copying if it looks and feels like Google's navigation.

That's like saying android copied Apple because they had a web browser and music app.

Or google copied Tom Tom because Tom Tom had navigation first. Fandroids smh

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 12:50 3

26. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


actually, i'm using iDiot logic, in other words, your logic.
Apple's notification bar looks and feels like Android's notification area, doesn't it?

On the tom tom thing, you are mistaken, because google did it on mobile calling devices, not on stand alone GPSs.
again iDiot logic, because the iPhone is revolutionary because it combined touchscreen n stuff into a mobile device, so google maps is innovative because it was first on a mobile device, wasn't it?
see how stupid iDiot logic is? stop using it.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 13:49 2

29. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Hahahahahaaaa! +1,000 for wassup! Using iOS fanboy logic against the iOS fanboys...PRICELESS! And damn funny too!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 14:15 2

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


Troll

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 16:40

37. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You are

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 17:37 1

41. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


This is YOUR argument for the iPhone using the "first" touchscreen phone, yet that same argument can't be applied to any other phone? Ya know what sounds like to me? Sounds like fanboyism!

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