iOS 6: Apple Offering its Own 3D Maps Instead of Google Maps
9to5Mac just claims by citing its reliable sources; Apple’s upcoming iOS 6 would be a highly remarkable update since it would offer Apple’s own 3D mapping services instead of Google Maps currently coming with iOS 5 version. Notably, Apple adopted Google Maps as its iOS stunning feature back in 2007 and since then it was the part of each firmware update pushed by apple till now. Though Apple’s own mapping service on iOS 6 would be similar to Google Maps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, yet it would be highly improved mapping which will offer a spotless, fastest, and more reliable experience along with amazing 3D features.
The site notes that Apple was running the Google Maps on its iOS devices with its full authority; however, it was really owned and supported by Google- a prominent rival of Apple in tech race. Now Apple has decided to get rid of Google Maps and to introduce its own 3D mapping services through the upcoming iOS 6. It seems that 3D mapping will be a striking feature of iOS 6 since it will be incorporated with maps application fully supported by Apple itself through its remarkable acquisitioned technologies including Placebase, C3 Technologies and Poly9.
Being a fully in-house application, Apple will introduce the app by the names of ‘Maps’ which would be enriched with a full mapping database. Now that the application is fully in-house, it is being renamed to simply “Maps.”
Notably, before the release of iOS 5, it was much speculated that Apple would drop Google Maps but the company extended its deal with Google and now it seems that finally Apple is going to launch its own 3D mapping as a stunning feature of its upcoming iOS 6.
Moreover, Apple’s Mapping App will also acquire a new logo design with distinguished color scheme and would offer a modified version of Maps icon with a view of Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop Campus. Similarly, Apple will also replace the Google Street View with its in-house solution fully supported by C3 Technologies as displayed in the image given below;
According to the site, a powerful 3D mode in Apple ‘Maps’ would be quite enough to stir the world and boost the popularity of company’s next iOS 6 version. However, the 3D mode wouldn’t be offered as a built-in enabled option, the users of the Maps would have to click on a button suitably and clearly stored in the app to activate 3D mode, instead. This amazing 3D mode is specifically a great technology directly offered by C3 technologies that would offer a chic, clean, and realistic graphics-based mapping on well known missile target algorithms.
Apple’s C3 Technologies explain their 3D mapping technology in the following words;
C3 Technologies is the leading provider of 3D mapping solutions, offering photo-realistic models of the world for search, navigation and geographic information systems. Since 2007 when it was spun out of the aerospace and defense company Saab AB, venture-backed C3 has redefined mapping by applying previously classified image processing technology to the development of 3D maps as a platform for new social and commercial applications. The Sweden-based company’s automated software and advanced algorithms enable C3 to rapidly assemble extremely precise 3D models, and seamlessly integrate them with traditional 2D maps, satellite images, street level photography and user generated images, that together are forever changing how people use maps and explore the world.
Interestingly, it was reported a few weeks ago that the majority of top officials at C3 Technologies those came to Apple as a part of the purchase have left the company for new prospects. However, it is an everyday practice in the Silicon Valley that members leave companies once their “job is done.” The departure of The C3 Technologies team just before the iOS integration looks similar to Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus departure ahead of Siri’s launch on the iPhone 4S late 2011.
As speculated by many tech analysts, Apple will likely introduve its new iOS 6 firmware at its own 2012 World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in mid-June. 9to5Mac reports that at present many versions of iOS 6 are floating around Apple’s Cupertino labs out of which a final version will be selected by Apple for its iOS users. However, the folks expecting a major home screen modifications or Android like widgets with iOS 6 update will be shocked enough since Apple has no plans to do so.Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch