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Rumor: Apple to Ditch Google Maps for Proprietary Maps App

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Apple rumored to be using own mapping application in iOS 6.

We don't know about you, but Google Maps has kind of been a staple app for us when it comes to our smartphones. However, if recent rumors are true, iPhone owners may have to say goodbye to Google Maps with the next version of iOS.

According to a trusted source of 9to5Mac's, iOS 6 will see Google drop the Google Maps that iPhone users have known and loved since 2007 and debut its own completely in-house maps application. Named 'Maps,' the application is a product of acquisitions that saw Apple take ownership of Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9. C3 Technologies and Poly9 are both 3D mapping companies while Placebase is also an online mapping service.

With two 3D mapping companies in its inventory, it's no surprise to hear 9to5Mac reporting that the most significant feature of Apple's new 'Maps' application will be a powerful 3D mode that, when enabled, will offer "beautiful, realisitic graphics based on de-classified missile target algorithms."

Apple is largely expected to launch the new iPhone in September, as it did with the iPhone 4S. However, it's possible the company will reveal some iOS 6 secrets at WWDC in San Francisco next month. Stay tuned!

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    targetdrone , May 11, 2012 5:02 PM
    Yet another reason to not buy an Apple product, especially if there is no way to install GoogleMaps as an aftermarket app.
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    ohim , May 11, 2012 8:02 PM
    And then Apple will sue Google for having a Maps application just like theirs!
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  • 18 Hide
    targetdrone , May 11, 2012 5:02 PM
    Yet another reason to not buy an Apple product, especially if there is no way to install GoogleMaps as an aftermarket app.
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    Anonymous , May 11, 2012 5:11 PM
    +1
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    tramit , May 11, 2012 5:16 PM
    There will probably be a way to install it from the app store as long as google makes it available. What this means is that Apple will probably ship new phones with their Map app preinstalled.
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    Netherscourge , May 11, 2012 5:22 PM
    They're not going to block Google Maps as an app. They're simply going to switch the default iOS Map program to Apple's Maps instead of Google's Maps.

    So when you click on a street address link somewhere in your phone, it'll come up on Apple's maps instead of Google's. But you can still go into the Google Maps app and copy&paste the address there.

    Apple bashers need to relax. You guys SUPPOSEDLY don't have an iOS device anyway, right? So go play with your Androids and be happy.
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    jeremysvilla , May 11, 2012 5:25 PM

    I don't see a problem with either Google charging for its services or Wikipedia moving to another provider, to each his own. With all the free services Google offers why should they pass up an opportunity for more profit, the Ferengi wouldn't. Yes i went There.
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    Anonymous , May 11, 2012 5:37 PM
    so why does the article say google is dropping google maps?
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    jhansonxi , May 11, 2012 5:45 PM
    I don't care about the app. I care about the content.

    Google Maps data is really horrible in rural areas. In towns where there are roads with "North" vs "South" or "East" vs "West" designations it consistently gets addresses wrong with businesses ending up on the wrong side of town.

    There's a recurring problem with rivers and streams missing names. Third-parties have set up sites using the Google API just to provide a map with the missing names.
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    alterecho , May 11, 2012 5:49 PM
    Barney4455+1

    Lol
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    ap3x , May 11, 2012 5:54 PM
    targetdroneYet another reason to not buy an Apple product, especially if there is no way to install GoogleMaps as an aftermarket app.


    Yet another reason? Cmon, every reason short of a SDcard reader and a physically larger screen has already been proven to be inaccurate or just plain wrong.

    There is a Google app available in the App Store from Google that provides access to all google applications. Gmail, Calendar, Docs, News, Google+, Reader, Photos (Picasa), Maps, Voice, hell even Translate is included in the app. So is Earth. I have it on my iPad and iPhone. Nice app.
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    casperstouch , May 11, 2012 5:55 PM
    How creative, "Named 'Maps,'" not iMaps
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    psychobob , May 11, 2012 5:59 PM
    I hope it includes turn-by-turn voice. Waze is ok for now.
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    warezme , May 11, 2012 6:15 PM
    It won't make any difference, their GPS suks.
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    willwayne , May 11, 2012 6:16 PM
    I would be very surprised if Apple didn't eventually try to pull the plug on Google Maps on iOS because of "redundant functionality"
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    southernshark , May 11, 2012 6:24 PM
    Google maps are good inside the US, but are often horrible outside of it. My dad and I ended up in a cow field in the middle of Guatemala once... following its directions to the beach.... down a road which apparently was never built.
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    bystander , May 11, 2012 6:49 PM
    The most surprising thing about this article was that Apple is currently using Goggle Maps now. I see no reasons for them to not pursue cutting as many ties with Goggle as possible, as they are direct competitors.

    I know some errors that occur on these map sites, as well as the good old fashioned Thomas Guides, is a result of counties and cities giving them false information based on plans in the works that got changed before or mid project. I imagine just about any map program will have these same problems as a result.
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    Anonymous , May 11, 2012 7:03 PM
    targetdroneYet another reason to not buy an Apple product, especially if there is no way to install GoogleMaps as an aftermarket app.


    I have used Google Maps turn by turn navigation for the last 2 years and love it. I prefer it over my cars navigation. Is Apple ever going to come out with a similar product? That is one reason why I sold my iphone. Apple uses old technology. Still no 4g.
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    beardguy , May 11, 2012 7:19 PM
    Google maps isn't great on iphone, the functionality is limited.

    If Apple makes a robust GPS software that works well, and comes free, they should do it.
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    Anonymous , May 11, 2012 7:19 PM
    Bring on APPLE SEARCH ENGINE and APPLE GAME CONSOLE next! Can you imagine an APPLE GAME CONSOLE and how great it would be? Cutting edge graphics on awesome high-res displays like the iPad!

    Take my money!!!
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    ohim , May 11, 2012 8:02 PM
    And then Apple will sue Google for having a Maps application just like theirs!
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    nebun , May 11, 2012 8:03 PM
    targetdroneYet another reason to not buy an Apple product, especially if there is no way to install GoogleMaps as an aftermarket app.

    this is good...i like it that apple will have it's own app...it's good competition...this will make google, garmin and tomtom wake up and develop better software
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