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Sources: iOS 6 dropping Google Maps for native Maps app

updated 09:56 am EDT, Fri May 11, 2012

3D mode, new Street View-like tech among features

iOS 6 will make a long-rumored move and drop Google Maps entirely in a new Maps app, claim sources for 9to5Mac. While the app itself has long been Apple's own creation, it has always relied on data and technology from Google. The updated Maps is said to be fairly similar to the one based on Google, but "cleaner, faster, and [a] more reliable experience." In place of the old backend, Apple will rely on technology acquired in buyouts of Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9.

The app will feature a new icon with a different color scheme, and will substitute a different technology in place of Google Street View, likely the one developed by C3. More important still is said to a be a new 3D mode, which isn't on by default, but can be toggled at will. The 3D is also based on work by C3, and should present realistic graphics based on de-classified image processing technology.

9to5 adds that a few weeks ago it heard that "most" of the top C3 executives that came over to Apple have left for new jobs. It's expected that iOS 6 will first debut at this year's WWDC in San Francisco, where Apple has promised to show off the "future of iOS and OS X." Other new features of the OS have yet to solidify, though Apple could conceivably add multple user accounts.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And so it begins

    Apple vs IBM in the 20th Century, Apple vs Google in the 21st century. Will history repeat itself?

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big deal?

    It's all the same NavTeq data anyway, isn't it?

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And Canadians well get F***ed over by not having the maps for 1+ years like Siri now.

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is fine, assuming we will have access to google maps through other means. For example, we have google earth for iOS right now. So long as that isn't yanked from the iOS store, I'm cool.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Just what we need, a new maps app with lots of useless new features! 3D view! All important!!

    Hey, what about, I don't know, making sure the maps are right? Or, even more important, things like traffic? Will it have traffic info? Will it have 'correct' traffic info?

    Why waste time with silliness and add useful stuff like navigation?

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's not the same map data

    Google hasn't been giving the most recent map data to iPhone users. My 3GS on iOS 5 had no idea our new tollway existed. My Droid with Android 2.2.3 does know about the toll system in both the maps app and Google Nav. Even WAZE knows about the new toll -- but WAZE is crowdsourced, and a must have for iPhone users....

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