Since 2007, The Maps app on iOS has ran through Google’s pretty popular Maps service, hence the name, but now, in 2012, it’s missing lots of features that Android and Windows Phone, like Turn By Turn Navigation, for example.
Well it seems Apple are fixing this, it is rumoured that in iOS 6, Apple are releasing their own 3D Mapping service!
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. This 3D mode is said to essentially be technology straight from C3 Technologies: beautiful, realisitic graphics based on de-classified missile target algorithms.
Apple’s mapping services will be rather similar to the current Google Maps application, although Apple’s implementation is said to be a “much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience” and will include a new icon based on the same view of the company’s Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino but with new colors and styling.
This is awesome, it will stop people downloading 3rd party apps like NavFree to use their iPhones as GPS.
We expect iOS 6 to be shown off at WWDC, and released alongside The New iPhone, sometime in October.
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