9to5Mac is reporting that Apple will indeed be moving away from Google Maps to in-house map technology with the introduction of iOS 6. This new mapping service will include 3D views. Remember, Apple bought mapping companies, Poly9 and Placebase a few years ago. Just last year, the Apple also bought C3 Technologies, a 3D mapping […]
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Apple Indeed Moving to In-House Mapping Solution for iOS 6

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9to5Mac is reporting that Apple will indeed be moving away from Google Maps to in-house map technology with the introduction of iOS 6. This new mapping service will include 3D views. Remember, Apple bought mapping companies, Poly9 and Placebase a few years ago. Just last year, the Apple also bought C3 Technologies, a 3D mapping firm, just last year.

Other than the 3D services, Apple’s new maps look very similar to the currently-implemented Google Maps-powered applications we’ve all become accustomed to over the years. Overall, Apple’s implementations will be faster and more reliable the report claims.

This development should come as no surprise. Apple has been acquiring mapping companies for several years now, and also posting job openings. Plus, the biggest move came with the introduction of iPhoto for the iPad earlier this year- the Photo Journals feature takes advantage of OpenStreetMap to populate map tiles.

Apple and Google are ever-increasingly at odds with one another, as each are encroaching on the other’s businesses. More Google than Apple, with mobile operating systems, app marketplaces and the like. That said, Apple has moved in to Google’s markets with such initiatives as iAds, and now maps.

So, I would expect Apple to announce this new service at WWDC alongside iOS 6, which will be held the week of June 11th – June 15th. I would also wager that Apple shows off a more complete version of OS X Mountain Lion. We’ll keep you posted.

Mockup courtesy of 9to5Mac.

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