updated 11:01 am EDT, Tue May 29, 2012
Overhauled app expected in summer with 3D, new interface
Apple's rumored Maps overhaul will debut alongside iOS 6 this summer, according to a source for the Boy Genius Report. As expected the person says that the main feature of the new app will be a 3D mode, making using of code from C3 Technologies. The source has also supplied some of the first screenshots, however, showing for instance that a button in the lower-left will toggle 3D on and off.
Next to it said to be a "locate me" button, allowing people to quickly find their position in a fashion closer to Google's own Maps app for Android. Another revised interface element is a new navigation bar; the bar should also use a new silver color scheme on the iPhone, unlike a previous bluish one, following in the steps of the iPad.
Apple is allegedly putting "finishing touches" on the 3D mapping technology, which is being tested in 10A3XX builds of iOS 6. The new operating system will likely make its first appearance at WWDC 2012, which starts June 11th. Apple has promised to show "the future of iOS and OS X" at the event, though if the company is consistent, iOS 6 will only reach the public much later, in tandem with a next-generation iPhone.