iOS 6 to Drop Google Maps for Apple Maps App: Report
Apple is giving Google Maps the boot in favor of a 3D mapping app developed in-house with C3 mapping technology, a report says.Apple may be on the verge of dropping Googles mapping technology for a brand new in-house maps application using 3D mapping technology by C3 Technologies, which the company acquired in 2011. This followed earlier acquisitions of mapping-software companies Placebase and Poly9, which led analysts to think Apple was trying to wean its iOS devices off Google Maps. That day may be fast approaching, if the trusted sources quoted by Apple blog 9to5Mac are to be believed. Apple is widely expected to show off iOS 6 at the upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference in June. According to the report, the app will be similar in look and feel to the Google Maps app, but will provide a faster, cleaner and more reliable user experience. The main feature will of course be the 3D mapping technology developed by C3, which users can access by clicking a button placed on the application.
On its Website, C3, which is based in Sweden, describes its technology as automated software and advanced algorithms, which enable them to rapidly assemble extremely precise 3D models, and seamlessly integrate them with traditional 2D maps, satellite images, street-level photography and user-generated images.