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



1. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Now we're cookin' with gas!

13. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Agreed! Its been a while since I've been really excited about what Apple is doing... This could be something to break that trend.

17. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Exactly. Every year I find myself watching Apple's new products get released and i've been disappointed for a bit now... I'm very much looking forward to the iPhone5 and stuff like this is what Apple has to do in order to bring people like myself back to their customer base.

25. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Yeah, I've always been excited when the rumor mill begins to turn. Then comes the actually announcement. I'm not saying that I'm always unimpressed or disappointed.... I'm say that it’s just not a big deal to me.

55. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Yeah, but what about the street view? Did anyone else but Google did that?

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That's something different

47. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

This has been out for years on googles phones...

49. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

google does not look nearly that good or that detailed… those are some pretty realistic renderings of the city… the idea of 3d rendering was way before google anyways

3. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012


4. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

Bye copycat! Gewgle

5. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

This makes sense as Apple would want to control every aspect of their product. You had to have figured they would do it eventually. Though I am sure that just as google search is still available on iOS, so will google maps.

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

prefer google maps/street/earth apple dun goofed

8. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

How can you prefer google maps over Apples when it hasn't even come out yet? You have no idea what it will be like.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010


19. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

because google maps has been around for years, its tried, its tested its improved. Apple version will be like a beta

23. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I agree, Google maps is awesome! I'm just saying that you can’t make a rational informed choice before you've had the opportunity to try both. I understand preference but let call it like it is... loyalty

29. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011


52. chadrick0814 unregistered

Hello pot...this is kettle.

45. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

i have a strong feeling that the new apple map program will lack voice turn by turn directions at launch and then include it a year or two down the road. my conclusion is based on apple taking 3 years to include picture messaging and cut copy paste and 4 years to allow you to change your wallpaper. Still waiting for native support for Bluetooth contact transfer support.

34. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Even though its looks unnatural and computer animated compared to gmaps its still pretty cool.

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!

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

even when we know how predictable that troll is, there is no need to call him, that will just make him believe he is actually someone important

14. ilia1986 unregistered

I have a theory that taco is actually an Apple experiment - an upgrade to Siri. Siri is built to give people useful information. Taco is built to misguide, confuse, misdirect, mislead and harass people and blindly promote the Apple fanaticism.

18. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Taco is "Magical" and "Just Works".... No thank you.

30. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Do I smell a fan?!! Do tell how many google apps are part of ios?

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008


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.

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.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.