Saturday, May 12, 2012

iOS 6 to ditch Google Maps in favor of in-house mapping technology

Apple has been making moves that point to it de-Googling iOS, including removing Google Maps from the platform, and a new 9 to 5 Mac report indicates that might just happen as soon as iOS 6.

Apple has always had control over the application itself, but the backend technology has always been based on Google Maps. With the aforementioned acquisitions that Apple has made, iOS6 will feature a new application fully owned in-house by Apple, which of course is the way that Apple wants things.

The new app will be renamed simply to "Maps."

Despite references to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs rant about "going thermonuclear" on Android over what he thought was a "stolen product," this shouldn't be seen as an "axe to grind" against Google over its Android platform. Instead, it's just a move in the direction that Apple always wants, which is to bring all the technology in its products in-house.

The source said that the new Maps application is similar to the current Google Maps app, but that it is cleaner, faster, more reliable, with an enhanced 3D mode. Let's not forget, though, from whence the report comes; we've never had an issue with Google Maps so the comment about "more reliable" strikes us as strange.

We can, however, see that Apple could have an enhanced 3D mode that will blow off our socks. After all, the photorealistic 3-D mapping tech Apple acquired when it purchased C3 Technologies could give missile-targeting technology to develop its gorgeous 3-D models of major cities, so a beautiful, better 3D experience - that we can believe.

If things go as usual, Apple will introduce iOS 6 at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). which runs from June 11-15 in San Francisco, Calif.

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