“Maps in iOS 7 will gain a full screen mode that emphasizes how Apple’s 3D Flyover imagery is much easier to navigate, more detailed and significantly more up-to-date than even the desktop 3D offerings of leading map vendors Google and Nokia, let alone their mobile app offerings,” Daniel Eran Dilger writes for AppleInsider.

“At Apple’s introduction of iOS 6 last fall, iOS 5 Maps had been serving up bitmapped tiles from Google, which supplied only a flat, 2D representation of the massing of modeled buildings,” Dilger writes. “The technology behind Apple’s high performance photorealistic, interactive 3D Flyover map images originated at C3 Technologies, which Apple acquired in late 2011. “

Read more, and see the numerous screenshot comparisons, in the full article here.