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05-11-2012, 02:05 PM #1
Report Claims Apple May Finally Drop Google Maps in iOS 6
*Image courtesy of 9to5Mac*
A new report by 9to5Mac claims Apple’s next version of iOS will drop Google Maps support in favor of Apple’s own mapping software.
Rumors surrounding Apple dropping Google Maps in favor of their own mapping software resurfaced last year with Apple’s acquisition of C3 Technologies. According to 9to5Mac’s source Apple’s Maps app will provide a “cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience.”
While these claims can’t be confirmed and won’t be until Apple actually does release their won mapping solution, C3’s mapping technology does offer some interesting advantages which the company once described as “Google Earth on steroids. Using declassified missile targeting methods C3’s mapping solution creates detailed 3D maps allowing for realistic flyovers that can even rotate the angle of view. This is in addition to C3’s street-level imagery captured with a multi-camera system.
While C3 is the latest Apple mapping acquisition, Apple has previously acquired mapping companies Placebase, and Poly9. Apple’s activity in the mapping sector may finally bear fruit this fall with the release of iOS 6.
Source: 9to5Mac [via PC World]
05-11-2012, 02:50 PM #2
About time they updated the maps. The different route options is nice but is not adequate.
05-11-2012, 03:08 PM #3
Apple will most likely use this to do turn by turn navigation which they will let you use for a "small fee".
Apple is always working on a way to get into your pocket book.
05-11-2012, 03:14 PM #4
Nah, unison999 - turn by turn will just be a feature unique to the new iPhone (guessing here). They've got to have something unique to the device besides just a new design (like how Siri was unique to iPhone 4S, FaceTime unique to iPhone 4, Video capture unique to iPhone 3GS, GPS unique to iPhone 3G).
05-11-2012, 03:14 PM #5
Exciting. Could be a game changer.
05-11-2012, 03:49 PM #6
lol - I guess apple might actually catch up to a feature offered on some of the cheapest phones for a long while now.Hit the thanks button if I helped in any way
05-11-2012, 04:06 PM #7
05-11-2012, 04:21 PM #8
05-11-2012, 04:49 PM #9
I know no one will know until this is actually out, if it even does come out, but do you think this will be an efficient way to get directions and such? Meaning I love wasting time browsing google earth, but I would never use it for directions and find google maps on the iphone pretty useful when needing directions but is not something I just randomly use to look for interesting things.
05-11-2012, 06:45 PM #10
Wonder if it will have turn by turn directions ??
05-11-2012, 08:37 PM #11
05-12-2012, 12:22 AM #12
Looks cool. If it showed the actual buildings and whatnot, finding a building I'm not familiar with would be much easier.
05-12-2012, 02:42 AM #13
I could be wrong, but I think paid nav is about dead. With so many free options, it's basically been forced. I'm so glad Apple told AT&T to stick the preloaded crapware up their a**es!
05-12-2012, 02:56 AM #14
05-12-2012, 12:24 PM #15
Whatever it will be it will be awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product! By the way to the naysayers talking about Apple wanting your $$> they are a business and all business' want your $$ haha! At least Apple is compatible with the most common needs, unlike android and kindle. Charging you for wave players or exchange compatible apps..ridiculous.
05-12-2012, 01:03 PM #16
05-12-2012, 01:08 PM #17
If this is true Apple is being military grade maps to consumers. I really hope it lives up to the hype.