Apple To Create New Maps Application, May Drop Google
Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com
Welcome friends, to the season of iPhone rumors. Every year, as the launch of the new iPhone gets closer and closer, the rumors begin come on like a flood. The actual phone itself isn’t expected to be released until this fall, possible September or October. The new operating system, (iOS 6) on the other hand, will more than likely be displayed next month at Apple’s WWDC, giving developers plenty of time to get their apps ready for all the new changes.
As we get closer to an iOS 6 announcement, it is likely we will hear more rumors about the features of the operating system for the new phone rather than the new phone itself.
Thus, this tasty rumor from 9to5mac.com: Apple will finally cut their ties with Google Maps and begin using their own, in-house Maps back-end, complete with 3D mode.
Claiming trusted sources, Mark Gurman of 9 to 5 Mac says Apple will use this new feature as a “headline” feature in their iOS 6 development. Apple has been using Google Maps in iOS from the very beginning, though rumors of their working on an in-house application have been floating around the internet for a few years now.
The new “Maps” application is said to be “fairly similar” to the current Google Maps application, but will reportedly be much cleaner, faster and more reliable than the current offering.
Apple, staying true to themselves, has always had full control and final say in how Google Maps looked on the iPhone. The backend work, however, has always belonged to Google.
Apple’s purchase of technologies like Placebase, C3 Technologies and Poly9 have been driving rumors that Apple would cut ties with Google in order to control yet another aspect of the iPhone experience.
The resulting application will simply be called “Maps” and, according to the rumor, will feature each of these technologies.
9 to 5 Mac also reported last year that the maps deal between Apple and Google had been extended for another year, thus another version of iOS with Google on the home page.
Maps is said to be a complete re-write of the application, down to the logo. The new logo, by the way, is expected to continue to point to 1 Infinite Loop, home of Apple’s campus, but will feature a new color scheme.
What will make this new app most demo-worthy will be its 3D mode. Though not enabled by default, users can tap a corresponding button to be transported to a 3D map, viewing streets and buildings from a birds-eye perspective.
Should this rumor be true, it is likely that Apple will use technologies from C3 to drive this 3D mode.
C3 showed off their wares last year at CES on an iPad to demo how a possible 3D mapping mode could look.
The 3D mapping technology actually calculates and draws the images of terrain and buildings alike from aerial images, giving the user a bit of a “flying” feeling.
iOS 6 will likely be introduced at WWDC, which will take place from June 11-15.