Apple will be releasing iOS 6 this fall, and one new feature will be 3D Maps, in a dedicated Apple Maps application that no longer relies on Google Maps. Well, Google has decided to not go down without a fight, and has just released an update to Google Earth which has the oh so familiar looking feature that is, you guessed it, 3D Maps.
Some Android phones have had Google’s 3D maps since June, but currently there are only 14 regions which you can view in the 3D view. Some of the currently available areas that support 3D maps include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and a few other areas. Google plans however to have coverage for more than 300 million people by the end of 2012. That number is not very large though considering that a large metro area can account for nearly 10 million itself. It’s a start though, and just as StreetView grew, so will 3D mapping.
The rendering for the application takes a lot of power, so only iPhone 4S users will be able to take advantage of the new feature. Other users will get all the updates other than the 3D maps. No comment or statement has been made by Google though of whether or not Google will release a separate Google Maps app since Apple will be replacing it in iOS 6.
What do you think? Interested in who will get more people covered first? Is this just another battle ground for Apple and Google? Let us know in the comments.
Via: Google Blog