Rumor: Apple to drop Google Maps in iOS 6, may add 3D maps

By Rick
May 11, 2012
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  1. Sources close to 9to5Mac have reported that Apple intends to replace Google Maps in iOS 6 with an "in-house" maps application. Interestingly, this discovery is further supported by Apple's quiet...

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  2. So, what's the current world coverage for this impressive mapping app--0.00000001%? ;-)
  3. Meanwhile people whine about Windows RT limitations....
  4. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    I think we should moan about both Apple and Microsoft when it comes to crap like that
  5. This is good for competition I hope the unleash a beast! (y)
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    Perhaps if this cost could have been passed on to consumers, things may have stayed as they were. So it is more of an economic decision as pointed out by Rick. In a way it is good to have multiple options, may be such defections also make Google re-think its strategies as well.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,541   +2,337

    Really cool concept (the 3D maps). ...Until your wireless provider slaps you with the overage fees on your data plan should you use this away from a wifi hotspot.
  8. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    Need more information to see how much large textures are or whether there is no heavy data usage in the system similar to the Google Maps "tile" image system. They do point out that the ipad is "rendering" the 3d objects. Might not be exact textures of buildings but from a set of standard materials that could be installed. It's unlikely but it could even use less data than Google Maps.

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