Rumor: Apple to Ditch Google Maps for Proprietary Maps App

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
    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
    And then Apple will sue Google for having a Maps application just like theirs!
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  • targetdrone
    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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  • tramit
    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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