Apple Announces Home Grown Maps to Replace Google Maps

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SAN FRANCISCO - Apple announced a new Maps app for iOS 6 that will replace the current Maps app powered by Google Maps. The service will offer “Apple-designed cartography,” including vector-based map elements that Apple says will look better, turn-by-turn navigation, crowd-sourced traffic information, and a flyover mode with photo-realistic 3D views.

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This is a significant step for Apple, which released the original iPhone with a Maps app powered by Google’s very popular Google Maps. By launching its own service, Apple will be leaving behind what is arguably the world’s most popular mapping service. Apple built the service in-house with the help of three mapping companies it purchased over the last two years.

Apple said that the artwork on its Maps app will, “make graphics and text smooth, and panning, tilting and zooming incredibly fluid.” The service will also feature turn-by-turn navigation that include spoken directions. The Flyover view offers what Apple described as photo-realistic interactive 3D views.

The company will be using data from the more than 100 million iPhone owners out there to crowd source real-time traffic data. This data will be anonymized, according to Apple, and is being mixed with data from other sources.

This is just one of the new features in iOS 6, which is scheduled to be released sometime this fall. It will be a free update for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch (fourth generation).

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8 Comments Leave Your Own

nickp

Good bye google maps for ios. Hello better maps from apple

John Dingler, artist

Good news.

Lee Dronick

It is going to be interesting to see how it compares in real use.

I wonder if we will be able to go to an Apple Map website as we do with Google Maps.

RonMacGuy

The reference to using 100 million iPhone owners for real-time traffic data is interesting.  So, they will use GPS from iPhones that are moving on specific roads to see how fast/slow they are going, how many start/stops, etc.?  Very interesting.

Jeremiah Boncha

@RonMacGuy, this is the same thing Google has been doing to supply the current ios Maps app with real time traffic information. Seems like Apple has their stuff together with this.

GageGecko

Home grown?

Yeah, grown over at Tom Tom.

????

zebrum

and no more transit directions or timetables

Centurion

Once Apple adds Satellite view for NAV and shows a street view when you arrive I’ll be satisfied.  Otherwise this is the only feature that’s lacking on the iphone.

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