Apple May Drop Google And Use In-House 3D Mapping Service In iOS 6


A report from 9to5Mac indicates that with the launch of iOS 6, Apple may be moving away from Google Maps services and instead use its own in-house mapping service that includes a very interesting 3D view.

Apple’s recent acquisitions of ‘Placebase’ and ‘Poly9’ (both mapping companies), along with 3D mapping company ‘C3 Technologies’ are reportedly ready to be put to use.

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.

While the Maps app may still resemble the current Google Maps, it’s said that Apple’s version will be faster, cleaner, and feature an updated icon with new colors and styling.

At this time no plans have been revealed for the release of iOS 6, but it is expected to be previewed this summer at WWDC.



  • Kosmo

    Turn-by-turn navigation?

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  • jasondeno

    Apple maps looks freaking amazing in my opinion,I can’t wait to see when it comes out 🙂 I LOVE APPLE 🙂

  • If Apple does do their own mapping, it’s totally understandable given the competition between the two companies. I just hope it doesn’t result in a less than useful navigation experience on the iPhone. The integrity of that maps application needs to be at least equal to, if not improved over, the current Google Maps app. 3D mapping, a new icon, etc. is nice, but I want relevance & accuracy in my maps for proper navigation above all!

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  • Bbbb

     why would you need a 3D helicopter view when your looking for directions ? Are we pigeons ?

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  • MleB1

    Really? Rather than improve the iOS by tweaking the (oft-noted) lapses in the OS and its included apps, they’re going to spend time dumping a maps program that works and building their own?

  • Grandy

    The current map app works, but it could get very expensive to use for Apple.

    Google has hugely increased the charge to use it’s mapping API for high volume users (iOS maps app would fall into that category).  This makes absolute sense from a control and cost savings point of view.
    Google: “google maps api charge”
    Free Turn by Turn —I’m very happy with  Waze  (and I paid $79 for Navigon!)