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


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