9to5 Mac reports today that it has heard from “trusted sources” that Apple is planning to ditch Google Maps from the forthcoming iOS 6 and replace it with its own in-house map app. The sources say that the new Maps app from Apple is similar to Google Maps, but is a “much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience.” 9to5 Mac explains that while Apple has always had control of the Google Maps app in iOS ever since it started using it in 2007, the backend has always been Google’s. Now Apple plans to change this, having acquired Placebase, C3 Technologies and Poly9 and used them to create a mapping database. The new Maps app will have a new logo, as well as a “powerful” new 3D mode, which 9to5 Mac’s sources say comes from C3 Technologies, and which features “beautiful, realistic graphics based on de-classified missile target algorithms.” Google’s Street View will also be replaced by a similar in-house Apple version.
Source: iOS 6: Apple drops Google Maps, debuts in-house ‘Maps’ with incredible 3D mode | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence