New Maps App Coming With iOS 6


Rumours having been flying around for a while that Apple would be ditching Google Maps in iOS. Today those rumours were confirmed. At the WWDC 2012 opening keynote today, iOS 6 was announced and it will have an all new Maps app on board. It is completely re-designed and built from the ground up, by Apple. Maps will now feature turn by turn navigation, which has been desired by many iOS users for a while. Traffic data will be enhanced by anonymous data, transmitted from millions of iOS devices all over the world. Maps has a new “Flyover” feature, which allows the user to see fully rendered, 3D images of metro locations, when you zoom in close enough.

Maps has all new vector based graphics that allow you to zoom in and out, smoothly without losing clarity of streets and their names. You can rotate and tilt the maps to explore an area and everything stays nice and crisp.

Turn-by-turn spoken directions finally makes it’s way into the native Maps app. Previously, you would have had to buy expensive 3rd party apps to get this feature. Now the voice of Siri will guide you to your destination, alerting you to upcoming turns. The app switches to a 3D mode and dynamically turns the camera view, when approaching an intersection, so you get a better feel for where you are so you don’t miss your turn. If you do miss your turn, the app wil automatically re-route you.

Maps reports traffic in real time, and will tell you the cause of any slow downs. If will even offer you an alternative route, if it feels you could reach you destination quicker another way.

Flyover shows you 3D photo-realistic views of some major cities. Much better than “Satellite” mode from the previous Maps app, these are high resolution renders that you can zoom, tilt, and pan around, as if you were in a plane, flying over the city.

You can also use Siri to help you get where you’re going. Invoke Siri, ask her for directions, and she’ll get you where you need to go using the new Maps app. With Local search, Siri and the new Maps app can find pretty much any destination you are looking for.

iOS 6 launches this fall, but the first beta has already been released to developers. I’m sure we will hear much more about the new Maps ans iOS 6 throughout the day and the months to come.


  • Kevin1knight

    Yes but like Siri it won’t work in Canada LAUGH OUT LOUD

  • crosseyed_mofo


    read a few articles down

  • Kevin1knight

    So Siri will work 1 year late but now maps wont

  • with iOS6, siri will be officially supported in canada. do your homework.

  • Don

    I haven’t done much homework yet, but I am wodering if the turn by turn functionality, moreover, basic driving maps are available without a data connection… I found it very wothwhile having an “expensive 3rd party app” for turn by turn directions when roaming, or outside of coverage areas.

  • Cshudson

    One thing I’m really going to miss is googles street view…sigh..

  • Same

  • reformcanada

    When was street view ever available on the iPhone Google maps app?

  • Yes.

  • Don

    Is there anything that says Google can’t have a Google Maps in the app store? Just wont come bundled with the OS… Unless it breaks some app store rule… Otherwise I am sure Google can make a great Iphone friendly Google maps site.. Kinda like they made a better Iphone friendly Youtube site than the Youtube app. I don’t think this will be the end of Google Maps on the Iphone, just the end of it being bundled with the OS.

  • Cshudson

    For the last year or better.

  • Wuju007

     would use the turn by turn if one can use it without data connection. Probably only use data for traffic report etc.

  • Cshudson

    Isn’t there a rule stating an app can not be competitive to apples native apps in order to get approval in the app store?

  • Mike

    I am using the beta iOS 6 it is nice, Siri works well for searching for Restaurants etc, Now not sure if apple has already integrated the siri turn by turn here, The mapping on the direction is not the same as in the keynote meaning the buildings are not 3D when getting directions and siri does not speak…

  • Mikety33

    Forgot to mention traffic updates as well are not working

  • Agarneau

    Any word on the public transit routes? One of the main reasons I picked an iPhone over other phones…

  • Traveler

    With vector maps, where’s offline mode that’s I’m android maps? My only temptation left from android and indispensable when traveling without data

  • hub2

    Something like that yes, it would be a seriously dick move on Apple’s part though.

    Mapquest is already available, and I doubt we’ll see MotionX Drive or similar apps disappear