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Apple Maps Out a Google-Free Future

BY EVAN THOMAS ANCHOR NATHAN BYRNE There could be even less Google in your next iPhone. 9to5Mac reports Apple will drop Google Maps in favor of an in-house solution with iOS 6. The blog cites trusted sources, who say Apple’s maps will be faster and more reliable than Google’s. The application will be built on various mapping companies Apple acquired over the last few years, and the overhaul will come complete with a new icon. All Things Digital independently confirmed the rumors. One source said the new maps will “blow your head off.” “I’m not quite sure what that means, and the source in question declined to elaborate, but it’s likely a reference to the photorealistic 3-D mapping tech Apple acquired when it purchased C3 Technologies.” All Things Digital says C3’s mapping tech is based on software originally designed for missile targeting. An airborne array of cameras picks up images from various angles, which are crunched into the 3D images seen in this video from Cult of Mac. The visual polish is a nice touch, but TechCrunch says Apple wouldn’t have been able to cut ties with Google if it hadn’t had a database of its own. “While C3′s tech seems to have been used in building features, the purchase of white-label mapping service Placebase presumably allowed Apple to build up their store of map data to the point where they apparently feel comfortable giving Google the boot.” And GigaOM suggests Apple is indeed comfortable in distancing itself from a competitor. “This is

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6 Comments to Apple Maps Out a Google-Free Future

The80sKickAss
May 12, 2012

…last time i checked Google was way more than just “Google Maps”

ppolymer
May 13, 2012

i like gmap

Biggerbyte
June 5, 2012

I dread it. Apple is not good at doing anything until it has used its client base as beta testers for a couple of years. Look for major problems for some time once the transition is made. They can’t even get iCloud to function properly.

TheHolyMASTER
June 6, 2012

Apple is still trying to copy android features and “make it innovative and new”1

imapieface
June 11, 2012

@TheHolyMASTER Sure, bro. Either way, it always ends up better. Google copied the smartphone, the moment apple copies a notification system people go wild. Apple wants apple maps because google wouldn’t let them have turn-by-turn

inspirationisntevery
June 14, 2012

you’re right 🙂

and 3D was already on google earth.. only the apple one looks actually real 😐
I didnt have problems till now with turn by turn directions with Apple Maps.
It’s good that google gets a competitor. and why is everyone throwing up on apple for copying maps. didn’t hear anyone about bing or yahoo… nokia maps?
apple did it right, like google did it right.. and now people call it stealing.
Its not stealing as long as it sucks

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