Ever since the first iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has been using Google’s maps software as the default in its operating system. The two companies have a long history of collaboration, and the Android maker’s search engine is also used as default within iOS and Mac OS X web browsers. Signs have been showing that it will all change soon.
According to a recent rumor – reported by 9to5Mac – iOS 6 will see Apple move away from using the Google Maps service as an inbuilt native app, and instead, will use its own custom-made software. It’s said to include an incredible 3D mode, that will replace Google’s StreetView.
The technology, designed and created by C3 Technologies is one which Apple can use freely thanks to recently requiring that company along with Poly9 and Placebase.
An example of the 3D mapping developed by C3 technologies:
We’re yet to see if this speculation will turn in to fact. However, we can be guaranteed that everything Apple seeks to change within iOS, is to make it a much better and much more immersive experience. WWDC is only a few weeks away, and we’re expecting iOS 6 to be previewed at the keynote on the first day. One thing we can be sure of: rumors will continue until then.