iOS 6's New Maps Application Could Also Come to the Mac
Are you excited for Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps application with turn by turn navigation, 3D maps, and Flyover view? You should be, because it’s awesome and it brings you a whole new perspective of the world around you. Unfortunately, Apple is only bringing some of these heavy duty features to the newer iOS devices such as the new iPad and the iPhone 4S.
An iOS Developer from New Zealand named Cody Cooper is responsible for sharing with everyone that this upgraded version of the Maps application could also be coming to the Mac. The discovery is shown in the code above, from iOS 6, which includes strings of text that have direct references to the hardware within some of the newer Mac machines – Intel HD graphics.
The finding makes sense, since Apple has been slowly bringing more and more of iOS’ applications to the Mac – OS X Mountain Lion gives us Game Center, Notes, Reminders, and Notification Center which are all derivatives from iOS. Apple has also been known to do the exact opposite, such as bringing the iWork and iLife software suites from the Mac to the mobile iOS device lineup.
Since the Mac has a much more powerful processor than any of the mobile devices, the Maps application would be, overall, much zippier in performance. Maps would make a great addition to the Mac because the Mac doesn’t have any kind of mapping application built into it and the only practical option for Mac users is Google Earth or Google Maps, which Apple doesn’t want to associate with anymore.
It likely won't be supported on Windows machines, but I would love to have this kind of mapping power on my Mac.