Published on May 11th, 2012 | by Paterson Prosper0
Apple unveiling Google Maps alternative in iOS 6?
The company has reportedly been working on its own Maps service for the next version of its iOS platform, meaning it might kick Google Maps off the operating system.
When Apple launches iOS 6 later this year, it might come with a new Maps application, according to a new report. Apple has been secretly developing a Google Maps alternative that it will bundle with iOS 6, 9to5Mac is reporting today, citing “trusted” sources. Dubbed simply “Maps,” the application will replace Google Maps on the iOS platform and deliver a “much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience” than its predecessor.
As with Google Maps, Apple’s Maps application will provide driving directions and pinpoint locales on a map, according to 9to5Mac. In addition, it’ll come with a StreetView-like experience and a 3D mode for viewing places in a more realistic way. Over the last few years, Apple has been quietly acquiring mapping companies that 9to5Mac says, are working on the application. A Swedish firm Apple bought last year, called C3 Technologies, has been working on the 3D feature, while its other recent buys, Placebase and Poly9, might have been hard at work on the database, directions, and other features. Apple acquired Placebase back in 2009 for its mapping service, which worked quite similarly to Google Maps.
Apple has been slowly but surely pushing Google Maps away. Back in March, Apple’s iOS iPhoto application switched from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap data. However, Apple didn’t acknowledge the changeover until earlier this month.