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Apple is dropping Google Maps, and will debut a new in-house 3D ‘Maps’ with IOS-6, says 9-5 Mac. The new maps application is said to be fairly similar to the current Google Maps program on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but it is described as a much cleaner, faster, and more reliable.

While Apple has always had full control of the actual iOS Maps application design, the backend has belonged to Google. That will change with iOS 6 thanks to their purchases of Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9 to create a complete mapping database.

The 3D mode does not come enabled by default, but users simply need to click a 3D button. It uses C3 Technologies innovative 3D system. Apparently, 9-5 Mac may have accurately predicted Apple’s intentions of replacing Google Maps with their own in-house 3D mapping system

iOS 6 will likely be introduced at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in mid-June.

One Response to “Apple’s Own 3D Maps for IOS-6?”

Big blow to Google but a bigger blow to navigation software vendors & Garmin + TomTom

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