Apple planning to chuck Google Maps in iOS 6, use homebrew backend and 3D mapping instead

Apple planning to chuck Google Maps in iOS 6, use homebrew backend and 3D mapping instead
Not that it comes as a big surprise, and we made a whole article on it months ago, but Apple is reportedly planning to divorce Google Maps for its iOS 6 mapping and navigational needs, and use an in-house solution instead. Nokia has it, Google has it, now it's time for those C3 Technologies, Placebase and Poly9 acquisitions Apple made to start paying off.

As you can guess with the above mentioned companies that Cupertino gobbled, the new mapping solution, which will allegedly be called just Maps, will be heavy on the 3D side of things, and the backend will be now entirely supplied by Apple. The fruit company is already using OpenStreetMap in iPhoto, and now it might be signing the divorce papers for its main mapping solution as well.

The 3D mode will eventually be toggled on and off, and is based on C3's usage of declassified missile target algorithms. You can have a look at the 3D map of Oslo the company did in the video below, and here is its own explanation how:

Apple's own Maps would be a pretty headline feature for iOS, and one more step away from Google's services for Cupertino, but we wonder about voice-guided navigation and such, and whether Apple might throw in something like that to compete with the 3rd party navigation solutions in the App Store. WWDC is fast approaching and we should know more just in a month.

source: 9to5Mac




Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2012

We like™ Google products.............!?

48. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

If this is true then this will be a deadly mistake for apple

46. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

i think its funny how apple has to copy Google and when somebody makes something similar to apple they want to sue right away lol and i don't care what you fan boys reply with don't even bother because i say what i want :)

43. rn9215

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Thats going to kill the phones batteries in no time....rendering all that 3d stuff on screen uses more power than regular maps!

41. Iphone4 unregistered

Not surprised, google search engine will be gone soon.

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's not only Apple that is moving away from google maps. Wikipedia and Facebook are a couple of major companies that are doing it as well. Google's anti competitive behavior is catching up to them.

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

mikalika hi, likahineey ho!

35. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you two have a love/hate relationship..

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008


40. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009


42. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

shhh.. im trying to use advanced communications to "speak" to the trolls :) :) :)

38. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I like turtles =)

44. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

tonight i dine on turtle soup!

51. GellerDoesDallas

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Anticompetitive behavior you must be out of your mind, Apple is the only company that is anticompetitive go back to playing with your GIRL phone sir.

53. chadrick0814 unregistered

Didn't apple try to make a deal with amazon by giving them the book market and preventing amazon from selling media? You really don't think before you post things.

28. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Okay. Great that Apple is going to try to do something with maps and navigation instead of letting Google run over them repeatedly in that regard, but I'm not looking forward to the marketing thing. "Why do you want an iPhone?" "Because it has NAVIGATION!!!!" "Your Android phone has navigation too." "Oh really?" (mildly retarded glance at phone) "This 3 year old phone? But it doesn't call me by name!" *morphs into the Forever Alone guy*

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Didnt Michael or someone have an article about this a while back? Looks like the old rumor is proving true. GOOD. I'm glad to see it. This brings much needed competition to the Mapping space. Google has been doing a fantastic job and so has Nokia, but the more competition ,the better it is for all of us. The video is pretty cool. Fortunately or unfortunately, that is going to take a lot of horsepower to run, so the next iphone better have a pretty sizable jump in specs and most importantly RAM to push that smoothly.

54. mrochester unregistered

I think it's a given that Apple will ensure any new mapping app will run smoothly. I wonder how much in licensing fees Google will lose over any potential switch away from Google maps? We know that Google earns a lot of money from iOS users and the mapping license fee must be a large part of that.

26. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Very, very nice! This should be a wake up call to Google that those 3yr old maps ain't cutting it anymore. I still love using Google maps, its a great feature but I hate navigating to a business that's been closed for two years. If it has live traffic updates, construction updates and turn by turn navigation...Apple will have a real winner on their hands!

37. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Update business and listings.... yes.... Update turn by turn navigation like these high rez 3d maps....NO! LTE data is not everywhere. Just imagine trying to drive to BFE waiting on 1x data trying to pull down this data just to tell you were to turn next. Also think of the chunk of data out of your data limit just to see these detailed maps.

39. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I'm on an unlimited plan, but have a valid point. Maybe the hi Rez we can do without. +1

21. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

It would rock if they have turn by turn voice guided nav with it.

24. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

If they do I hope nokia and google sue them. Apple would do it if it was the other way round

20. wp74ver

Posts: 62; Member since: May 10, 2012

Anything against google have to love ,i hate copy cats . I wish apple and Microsoft block all their product go do something original so I don't have to pay for using things u didn't created looser,they didn't want to support wp7 cuz Microsoft make 300 millions a years more than what they make from their on crap lol no they r crying cuz crome might no be on windows 8 lol that's call pay back google it lol.

16. angelesmec unregistered

how about google+ and google search? It is better apple has it's own services in the near future..

12. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Up to now the best maps/navigation belongs to Nokia. I've tried Google and Android - I don't like it. Let's see with what Apple will come. I beleive that as usual they will be the best.

22. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I perfer Sprint's free Telenav service compared to Google Maps. Never used Nokia's navigation so I cant say how good/bad it is.

11. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I hope Apple doesnt get rid of Google Earth... It's one of the best apps on iOS!!

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i dont think they will get rid off any google apps...maps will probably be on the app store like all other google products...i think the last time they ''banned'' google apps from the app store they had some sort of anti-competitive issues so think they will not go down that route.but this is apple so anythings possible..hopefully they dont cause if there is no google services on ios the chances of me and many android users to ever go back to ios will be very unlikely.

7. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

uh oh. waiiting on a taco comment bashing Google over Apple's desicion here. He doesn't realize how many google apps are actually on IOS. hmmm.. Go figure!

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