iOS 6 to feature all new Maps with 3D mode, no more Google Maps backend

Apple is all set to unveil its next big operating system update for iOS devices at the WWDC event, scheduled for the coming month. As of now, not much information is available on as to what one can expect from iOS 6 and what features it will behold. This seems to have changed to a vast degree as a report by 9to5Mac has stated that one of the headlining features of the next big upgrade will come in the form of Maps, where they will ditch the Google Maps program and instead focus on building their Maps app with an Apple backend.

Is this is what the change will be?

Is this is what the change will be?



As per the report, sources have informed them that the design of the application is similar to that of Google Maps, which is currently present on iOS devices, but will provide a ‘much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience.’ The report states, “The most important aspect of the new Maps application is a powerful new 3D mode. The 3D mode does not come enabled by default, but users simply need to click a 3D button that is conveniently and visibly stored in the app. Perhaps under the fold like the current traffic, pin, and map view buttons. This 3D mode is said to essentially be technology straight from C3 Technologies: beautiful, realistic graphics based on de-classified missile target algorithms.


It is believed that in order to signify the new rewrite to the Maps app, Apple have also redesigned the logo for the app and the logo will now feature the view of their 1 Infinite Loop Campus, but with a colour scheme that is different. The report goes on to state, “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; acquisitions that Apple has used to create a complete mapping database. Now that the application is fully in-house, it is being referred to simply as “Maps” (some people call the current version Google Maps because of the backend). We reported prior to the launch of iOS 5 that Apple and Google had extended their Maps deal, and now it is obvious when that deal ends.


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Published Date: May 12, 2012 10:19 am | Updated Date: May 12, 2012 10:19 am