Apple will be cutting ties with Google Maps, in favour of using a completely in-house developed mapping system for iOS6, reports 9to5Mac.
According to “trusted sources”, the new mapping application will be similar in look and feel to the current application, but with “a much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience”.
Before I started Social Gadget, I remember hearing news of Apple acquiring C3 Technologies; a 3D map rendering company with mind-blowing demonstration videos. It seems Apple have been putting the C3 team to work, as the application is said to offer full 3D rendering at the touch of a button.
Prior to buying C3 Technologies, Apple purchased two other mapping companies: Placebase and Poly9. These acquisitions date as far back as October 2009, making it clear that a entirely Apple owned mapping application has been on the company’s agenda for a while.
Let’s hope they see fit to improve on the turn by turn navigation service while they’re at it!