Apple's next gen maps app may include 3D street and interior views

Apple's next gen maps app may include 3D street and interior views
Apple has been hard at work on a next-gen maps app for iOS, including a recent purchase of innovative 3D mapping company C3. Best known for their realistic real-time 3D cityscapes, C3 also developed technology for 3D street views and interior shots, potentially putting the Apple maps app on course for a direct collision with Google Maps.

It seems clear that interior views would not be enabled without the permission of a business owner. What’s less clear is how directly Apple intends to take on Google Maps; they have acquired the necessary technology, and are concerned with how dependent they are on Google apps on iOS, since Google’s ownership of Android creates a conflict of interest when it comes to feature parity and iOS app development. Google Maps is in fact the most famous example of this problem, since the Android version of Maps has turn by turn navigation, a feature missing from Google Maps on the iPhone.

With Apple hiring developers and making acquisitions related to their maps project it seems like there is too much smoke to not have a fire. Yet a full maps app would require not just excellent engineers and technology, but a full-scale data-gathering initiative, much like fleet of Google Street View cars.  Apple would similarly need to gather comprehensive business listings, an area where they are far behind competitors like Google, Nokia, and even Verizon.

Perhaps the next version of iOS will bring more answers.

source: MacRumors via Redmond Pie

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40 Comments

1. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

C3 helped Nokia develop their 3D maps. Not sure what it means for Nokia now, but anyway, here's a nokia post from when c3 was working with them:http://conversations.nokia.com/2011/04/19/ovi-maps-3d-the-world-is-not-flat/

2. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

just a matter of time before Apple Earth or iEarth hits the web.... LAWSUIT!

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

still nowhere near google n nokia..,.. and by the time crapple launchs it.. google will b showing maps of entire solar system lol

6. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

It's not out yet. How can you say alrdy that this is crap? You've never rly saw this actually work. And yet you compare something you probably use with something you've never seen or used. your conclusion: still nowhere near google and nokia. And becasue of that it prooved once again apple is crapple.

4. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

imaps.. hope they can leap frog as Google is far ahead...

5. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

That would be good. I just hope they don't call it iMaps. The whole putting an "i" in front of everything got old about two years ago.

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

true it does sound weird... imaps.. but is catchy and simple... I guess

8. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

It will be called the same as their standard maps app on ios: maps. ios alrdy does have a standard maps app called maps in case you didn't know. And it uses google maps.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you know what gallito.. i hope they try their damn-dest. Google has eclipsed everyone and has been without real competition on this app for quite a while. I would love to see what comes out of Gmaps when there is real competition in the space.

9. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Apple is way too far behind on this endeavor!!! Google Maps is the standard on smartphones...and best of ALL it's FREE!!. I can almost guarantee that anything regarding Apple Maps will be a costly app....and probably will only run on one version of the iphone (most likely the iphone5)

11. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

euhm. "apple is way too far behind on this endeavor!!!" They bought one of the biggest competators of google maps "Google Maps is the sandard on smartphones" yes the ios uses their 'free standard app' maps, as google maps as standard. But their is also made an offline map service for windows, etc. "Apple Maps will be a costly app" They alrdy have a standard maps app that's based on google maps. rly? It will be an update on ios. "it will only run on one version of the iPhone (most likely the iPhone5)" We'll see, unless you can predict the future. But most likely it will be some sort of update on ios.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the i0S6 part is probably true because apple always waits to show off new features on the new OS and then makes them exclusive to the new phone.. you know, since the new phone and the old phone are sooo similar. they have to differentiate somehow. Apple is way behind, they are at the starting gate. Buying a company that can make map stuff isnt the same as a working final product like google maps. google maps IS the standard. google maps has had an offline mode since like 2009 Apple maps is meant to replace google maps. Bet a dollar that the day apple maps becomes available they knock google maps off the market or find a way to bury it in a mountain of other apps.

40. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

check c3 on youtube, it looks better then google maps, I might have to get a apple device now, I see why apple buy them now it will be a great look for next year iphone

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And they'll charge people ten bucks a month to use it. They'll call it "innovative" and "revolutionary" because it's more robust than what they had on the iPhone before. They'll also make businesses pay a thousand dollars to be included in their listings. And make cities pay a hundred thousand to have more flattering street views.

13. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Source?

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It was a joke?

14. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

why do you care... you will never own an Apple product... anyways....

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

See above.

29. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

typical.. run your mouth,,, and when we confront you. you simply say you are joking.... how come.. give that advise to remix for almost popping a vein yesterday when Taco ruined his credibility... and was so supset that he commented to why my mom hasnt drown me at least 20 times....

31. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I think most readers could see that what Sniggly had typed out was a joke, as it was clearly hyperbole. I know it's sometimes difficult to differentiate in text but it's not beyond comprehension either. Also, he didn't joke about anyone's personal life, or even anyone specific, but rather a company as a whole, so I don't think you bringing up other people's comments, not Sniggly's, was an appropiate response either. (But the latter paragraph is just my opinion.)

34. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Um. Gallito. No. Just...no. Your entire statement is entirely foolish and wrong. Your desire to keep starting fights with me is beginning to blind you.

17. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

I'm pretty sure they are just trying to separate themselves from Google even further. Siri to eliminate google search, iMessage to eliminate use of Google Voice, Maps is next. And really, I doubt you'll have to pay. The Microsoft Model: Buy the licensing for our software to put on your device. EX: Windows The Google Model: Everything is free, but you are subject to advertisements based on your personal information. EX: Google Search The Apple Model: Buy our product and it comes with service bundled in the cost of the device. EX: Siri, iCloud

24. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I could be wrong, but I seriously doubt that Siri will illuminate Google search. As nice as Siri is, I'd rather use my computer for the big stuff like research, writing papers and things like that. Even with the ability to do searches vocally on my Droid, I don't reach for my phone when I'm on my computer and I just don't think other people will start doing that now. As for your discription of the "Apple model", it sounds more like you're describing Android. Everything free = bundled with the cost of the device. I can't think of many things that Apple GIVES you for free with any of it's devices. Not saying that Apple is bad for charging, they are a business after all. But I have to agree with those saying Apple will most likely chage for the app, whether it's a one time fee or a monthly fee. But I wouldn't be surprised if they charge.

26. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

I should have been more clear. Apple is trying to eliminate Google on its iDevices NOT entirely. And with Google, I did say everything is free... But with the cost of ads. Apple makes it so when you buy their devices it has set features and the things it boasts that are included with the device. Like in the example I gave ("EX: Siri or iCloud"). Apps, of course, will almost always cost money on their platform.

35. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Okay, gotcha! But with Android you don't have ads with their services. Navigation, Goggles, or anything. The only time ad come into play are with searches and some free games just like with some free games on iOS. I think they both sell our location and search information because they both make money with their ads divisions.

30. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Ha! its possible!! most of the interior views will be those taken from the iphones cameras taking random photos again unbeknownst to its owners and sending them to apple!!! lol

12. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Interior view ? So apple can find "lost iphone in a bar" without sending their gestapo...

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I've been trying to phase out google services since they started stealing from Apple. I've went back to yahoo email and try to avoid google search. Thankfully Apple is making it easier for me.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So...how come you didn't phase out Apple when they stole from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Google, Palm and Blackberry?

27. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Sniggly they didn't steal anything, when Steve Jobs was born god came down from the heavens and tapped him on the forehead. From that point forward, Steve Jobs created everything good in the world. Computers, the music industry, touch screen cell phones, touch screen tablets... all Steve Jobs. Where have you been all these years? It's business 101 that Steve Jobs is the most incredible human being ever to grace our existence and it's quite obvious that anyone who does anything great stole the idea from Steve Jobs. s**t, he didn't even die, he accomplished death. He cannot fail.

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