A collection of blurry photos claim to reveal Apple's redesignedMaps application, expected to be a major component of theanticipated iOS 6 update for iPhone and iPad. The five pictures claiming to show the new iOS 6 Maps applicationwere published on Tuesday by Boy Genius Report . The images were credited to a "trusted source," and hint at aredesigned user interface with a silver color scheme, rather thanthe current blue. The new Maps application will reportedly feature a button in thebottom left corner with two options: a "locate me" feature," andquick access to a new 3D mode. Apple's 3D mapping solution isexpected to be driven by the acquisition of C3 Technologies in 2011. |
The 3D mapping functionality is said to be near complete, and isbeing tested in a build of iOS 6 reportedly labeled "10A3XX." Details on the anticipated revamped iOS Maps application firstsurfaced earlier this month , claiming that the 3D mapping functionality will be a keycomponent of Apple's new in-house solution. The new Mapsapplication is expected to be shown off as part of an iOS 6demonstration at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference,which will be held June 11 through 15 in San Francisco, Calif. Apple's plan to move away from Google and develop its ownproprietary mapping solution has been a long time in the making.The company's plans were first signaled in 2009 , when it purchased Placebase, a competitor to Google Maps. And in 2010, Apple bought Poly9 , another mapping company, and began using its own location databases for the Maps application with the launch of iOS 3.2 for thefirst-generation iPad. Another key acquisition came in 2011, whenApple bought C3 Technologies , a Sweden-based 3D mapping company.
Another key component of the anticipated Maps overhaul in iOS 6could be traffic. Apple publicly announced last April that it was "collecting anonymous traffic data to build acrowd-sourced traffic database," for an "improved traffic service"that would launch in "the next couple of years." In addition to a 3D mapping button, the purported iOS 6 Mapspictures revealed on Tuesday also include a button for"Directions," which could include Apple's in-the-works trafficservice to aid in turn-by-turn driving directions. The picturesalso show a different look for the mapping data that is similar tothe OpenStreetMap data Apple began using with the release of iPhoto for iOS in March.
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