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!