Apple replaces Google for its own Maps app with 3D view and voice-guided navigation

Apple replaces Google for its own Maps app with 3D view and voice-guided navigation
In the last weeks those rumors that Apple is ready to ditch Google Maps from its devices and replace it with its own mapping and navigational solution reached a crescendo, and they all turned out correct.

The new Maps app in iOS 6 has everything a modern mapping and navigational software should have, like millions of POIs and local business listings and real- time traffic and accident information.

The big news here is that now we have turn-by-turn navigation by just tapping a "Quick Route" button, or, since the new Maps app is integrated with Siri, you can ask it for directions or for the nearest gas station while driving, for example. And, of course, it is Siri that is giving you voice-guidance in the first place

The hotly rumored 3D mode is called Flyover, and lets you enjoy three-dimensional views of cities and places, and also a satellite view, just like you would with Google Maps. The level of details for the buildings is pretty high up there, however, and looking even better on the Resolutionary new iPad display where it was demoed, but it should look no less slick on the iPhone's Retina as well. Flyover and turn-by-turn nav will work only with the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 and above, though.

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53 Comments

1. md227a

Posts: 224; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Oh wow, so now Iphone users can use the same mapping features android has had for over two years.

4. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Google Maps was for years on the iPhone so all they're doing is really do they're own Maps app. That way apple can make a faster and better integration with iOS.

17. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yes but it was just that, a map...much like a map in a glovebox.

15. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

You mean the robotic voiced beta navigation that leaves throws me awkward directions? I mean sure if it's free but I think it's about time I got myself a "sweet talker" that doesn't sound like a drone.

36. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

uh ya pretty much... wud u rather apple just not implement them or something? like idk why it is a bad thing... anyways flyover is much better than what google looks like... and i like the lock-screen integration and automatic siri support... no need to go back to the maps app to do stuff like android-- so they could wok on that

53. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

from the video it looks nice, but im gonna try it out myself to believe it

2. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Looks really nice. Seems it might bring competition in the future with google maps but it's still early.

39. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

yea. they are pretty much the same except for offline viewing (google)- which i would prefer over better pics- and that the 3D actually has real pictures instead of 3D models (apple)

3. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

^^ LOL ^^ 2years ^^ LOL google maps use to give wrong direction , ihope dats not the case with the apple maps

10. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I would've been so lost without Google Maps in Washington D.C. two months ago. It didn't tell the wrong direction at all for me.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've never gotten bad directions from Google Maps. Did once with Bing nav on an old WinMo phone, though. I mean, the destination was nowhere near.

5. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Might seem like a stupid question but is the turn by turn navigation free of do we have to pay for it??

6. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

great question lol... +1

30. mikiemon

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

It's free if you have a iphone 4S or newer, it won't run on the older models.

46. fwinst

Posts: 64; Member since: May 08, 2010

Isn't that what ios users have been calling "fragmentation" on android

7. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

^^apple isn't that much money minded my friend :P

11. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Do you put a :P face at the end of every sentence you type?

13. chrischau1308

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

And so you notice every time he put a comment, and that's why you know he put ":P" every time he put a comment? hm... I see a connection here.... Strange ....

8. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Congratulations Apple, you've managed to drive out business for 3rd party navigation apps.

22. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Does iOS Maps have offline mode? If no, then there'll be some 3rd party survivors!

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes, thank them for getting rid of the crappy Google Maps app.

38. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

are you seriously admonishing apple for bringing a better maps app? "oh apple dont get a better product other people might not be able to compete".... seriously?

44. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

How do you know it's any better?

40. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

come on man... what did you think google maps did on android? unless you like to use actual GPS's

9. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

this is not good for google. also will ios maps be viewable through the web.

20. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Google doesn't make anything from maps in any of iOS devices...its google search that makes money!

25. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

funny thing is i wouldnt be surprised for next year if apple tried to launch its own search engine

32. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

A search engine which would heavily filter results before its provides answers for you :-) Apple search engine searching for iphone faults would filter and end up just bringing up webpages of ifans holding two brand new ipads over their heads in celebration of achievement.

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually its great for google. the way its set up now, apple is very controlling with google maps so it cant tie in too far to the system. Google maps is shytie on iOS because apple wanted it that way. Now that apple is taking over prime navigation, google is free to make a more full featured google maps for iOS and compete directly (there was an article about this).... well until Apple does what apple does best, which is shutting out competition by banning google maps from the market, which WILL happen.

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's nowhere near as nice as Google Maps but this is just their first play.

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