Apple’s iOS 6 dumps Google Maps, debuts in-house ‘Maps’ with incredible 3D mode, sources say (with video)

“According to trusted sources, Apple has an incredible headline feature in development for iOS 6: a completely in-house maps application,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac. “Apple will drop the Google Maps program running on iOS since 2007 in favor for a new Maps app with an Apple backend… It is described as a much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience.”

Gurman reports, “While Apple has always had full control of the actual iOS Maps application design, the backend has belonged to Google. That will change with iOS 6 thanks to their purchases of Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9; acquisitions that Apple has used to create a complete mapping database. Now that the application is fully in-house, it is being renamed to simply ‘Maps.'”

“The most important aspect of the new Maps application is a powerful new 3D mode,” Gurman reports. “This 3D mode is said to essentially be technology straight from C3 Technologies: beautiful, realisitic graphics based on de-classified missile target algorithms.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Can’t wait!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Apple acquires second 3D mapping company: C3 Technologies; looks to take iOS Maps to mind-blowing level – October 29, 2011
Patent application shows Apple looking to advance iOS ‘Maps + Compass’ with augmented reality – August 18, 2011
Evidence in iOS 5 that Apple is building its own mapping solution – June 23, 2011
Evidence in iOS 5 that Apple is building its own mapping solution – June 23, 2011
Apple looking to ‘radically improve’ iPhone Maps and location services – March 25, 2011
Apple acquires Poly9 online mapping firm – July 14, 2010
Apple’s purchase of map firm Placebase a sign of Google rift? – October 1, 2009


      1. I’m all for Apple dumping Google but I use the transit information daily. My transit agency makes their information available, I hope Apple doesn’t overlook transit users.

    1. It could happen. Lets count the technologies Apple has created, reinvented, or brought mainstream:
      1. Personal Computing
      2. Music distribution
      3. Music consumption
      4. Wi-fi
      5. Smart phones
      5. Tablet computing
      6. Portable gaming

      Here are the technologies they have disrupted:
      Mobile phone providers
      Point and shoot cameras
      GSP devices
      Desktop computers
      corporate email

      I have no doubt that Apple will be able to bring a renaissance to TV. There is so much pent-up demand for a-la-cart TV but the networks have resisted changes to their revenue models. Only a company like Apple could disrupt the status quo.

  1. Yes to maps, yes to search. But make them great!.
    Also, designate a team to drop back and clean up any and all quirks in osx. Spend a billion if you have to.
    In the construction business we call this a punch list, so a punch list team for software nigs and nags.

      1. I’m not seeing from my MacBook Air with no Flash. I’m just seeing a black rectangle with the verbiage, “You need to upgrade your Adobe Flash player to watch this video.”


            1. That’s what I thought. Doesn’t do me a bit of good.

              I’ve been having YT problems since a Snow Leopard OS update a few months ago and I still can’t play youTube vids on this iMac. There’s a preview, but it turns into a black rectangle when I click on play. I can’t even find video files in the Safari Activity window to download them.

              My MacBook Pro (17″ pre-unibody) has no problems and is running the same version of Safari and OS X.

    1. it’s youtube….. NOT the video. Youtube has both versions up.

      you can either switch the settings in youtube to prefer HTML5, OR install the safari extension youtube5 which will always play the HTML5 version (if there is one) on youtube vimeo and more.
      and while your at it.. install click to flash as well.
      it will never run a flash ad unless YOU want it to run 😉

      Youtube won’t automatically switch to HTML5 for you on the desktop, you have to tell YouTube somehow, via the extension or your youtube settings.

      I like others watched it via my iPhone.

  2. Maps on iOS actually has a pretty neat (Flash-less) street view feature that is miles ahead of the version that runs on the Mac as On desktop machines, street view has become unusably slow, quirky and repulsive, especially the switching from regular maps to street view. Navigation too is inferior to the iOS experience.

    I do hope on the Desktop will be obsolete soon as well.

  3. For those looking to further remove google from your lives, allow me to introduce you to a couple of search engines I have been using lately:



    Say goodbye to google ads, tracking, and bs. No need to support MS and Bing.

    1. I use yahoo on the iPhone/iPad now.

      I tried DDG for awhile, it works.. but I found that some search results could not be found using them.. but using any other search engine I could.. was getting annoying.

      of course off the top of my head I can’t think of an example though..

      you’re right, I can’t support Bing/MS on my iPhone. thats just wrong.
      Yahoo works, not as evil as Google.

  4. this info is plain false
    and the 3d rendering is not done on the fly for the planet as the article/video propose by C3 – they took a lot of time and computing power to build that 3d model

  5. I don’t have a problem with Google Maps but I’m sure Apple’s will be as good or better and I am all for getting rid of anything Google. The question is…how will Samsung copy this?

  6. Why every “news” article refers to “sources”? There is no need for any source for this news. Of course it is time for Apple’s maps considering they already took almost year to accommodate this to iOS since the company was bought.

  7. … I agree, ditch google maps, but incorporate street view as an option – no one else has that data after all right, and it’s well implemented on the iPhone

    1. If you view the video on YouTube, and then click the link to the news report about C3 technologies here:

      You’ll see this little tidbit (as well as some images of their street view technology).

      “In addition to 3D maps, C3 also makes awesome street level imagery captured using “an advanced multiple camera system with overlapping viewing angles to capture the entire surroundings in stereo.” Topping it all off are incredible interior views of restaurants, hotels and other points of interest that can be found along the street.”

  8. As someone who started creating Maps by first by hand, then converting to Macs and Freehand in the late 1980’s, I am truly excited. I hope Apple Maps might eventually support user-created 3D content such as buildings, a la Google Earth.

  9. Am I the only person who really dislikes the perspective-type (or 3D… or whatever it’s called) map renderings? I hope these don’t become the norm for viewing maps.

    I can see how it would be useful in certain instances or for certain needs, but for typical map usage I find these views worse than useless. They hide details and are incredibly irritating.

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