iOS 6 Features: New Maps App With 3D Mode, But Major Home Screen Changes And Android-Like Widgets Unlikely

9to5Mac reports that they’ve received some interesting details about a major feature in iOS 6 – Apple’s next generation mobile operating system.

According to 9to5Mac’s “trusted sources”, iOS 6 will feature a new Maps application that will be developed in-house and Apple will finally stop using Google for the maps database.

While Apple developed the front end for the Maps application, it had used Google’s maps database, but the maps application has hardly been updated since the launch was launched back in 2007. Apple is expected to use the mapping database based on the expertise they acquired by buying Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9.

According to 9to5Mac, while Apple’s Maps application will be similar to the current Maps app, it will offer a “much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience”.

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac has provided the following details about the new Maps app:

Signifying the application’s complete re-write is a new logo for iOS Maps: it is basically a redesigned version of the current iOS Maps icon with a view of Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop Campus, but redrawn with a new color scheme. Apple’s replacement for Google Street View will likely also be an in-house solution. C3 Technologies worked on street view capability as shown in the image above.

The most important aspect of the new Maps application is a powerful new 3D mode. The 3D mode does not come enabled by default, but users simply need to click a 3D button that is conveniently and visibly stored in the app. Perhaps under the fold like the current traffic, pin, and map view buttons. This 3D mode is said to essentially be technology straight from C3 Technologies: beautiful, realisitic graphics based on de-classified missile target algorithms.

It would be pretty awesome if C3’s Technology makes it to future versions of iOS as the native maps app is in urgent need of a revamp.

This video shows a flythrough of Oslo, Norway based on the mapping tech from C3 Technologies. It gives a glimpse of what to expect in iOS 6, assuming this rumor turns out to be accurate.

C3 Technologies had also demoed their technology on both Android and iOS devices at CES 2011. You can checkout the demo of the technology running on an iPad:

Here’s a look at how the technology actually works:

9to5Mac also goes on to add that Apple is not planning to make any major changes to the home screen or introduce Android-like widgets. That’s quite disappointing as we were hoping that Apple will revamp the Home screen in iOS 6.

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  • Joe C

    Title is a bit misleading… makes it look like major home screen changes will be present, and only Android style widgets are unlikely.

    • Good point, we’ve changed the title to avoid the confusion. Thanks for pointing it out.

      • Antonia

        STILL very misleading

        iOS 6 Features: New Maps App With 3D Mode; Major Home Screen Changes And Android-Like Widgets Unlikely

        REMOVE ; and put BUT

        • Joe

          It’s called grammar…learn it.

      • Joe C

        No problem 🙂

  • Jay

    Very disappointed, what matters about map is not only technology, but also how rich is your database, and I don’t think the companies that Apple acquired have access to as much resource as Google does.
    People in US and UK may not feel anything different, but what about Singapore, China, Vietnam or say Peru? Apple products are not even officially sold in some countries but they buy it anyway, does Apple have enough map data for them?
    I highly doubt it.

  • Jay

    AFAIK, Google maps is definitely the best free map service I ever see, especially when you’re talking about POI data.

    • genXhippie

      Nokia Maps gets my vote as best. The maps are downloadable (which means no data cost on the go), plus free voice. 😉

      • Jay

        In terms of POI and publci transport it’s not, but I do agree Nokia maps is one of the best, I used to have Nokia N Series phones(with S60 V2/V3).

        And data is not a problem for me. I always waste major part of my data plan cuz I got wifi at home and in university.

      • Jay

        And strictly speaking, if you have aGPS on (by default it is), you do have to spend some data…
        Back in the old days when I only had 50M EDGE plan I did care about that (I used to turn aGPS off!), but now with 1G 3G data plan I don’t even bother to install usage monitor app…

  • cozze02

    I just dont get it, everyone is about widgets and the android home screen system. but everytime someone says anything about how android has a better interface, someone jumps on him and attacks him. so which is it… android or ios…. or iphone with android lol

  • Kiwiholden

    The Google maps app needs to be updatable from googles side or a downloadable app so it can keep up with there updates

    • Jay

      I don’t think Apple will allow or Google is willing to, gotta be one of them.

      • pakaku

        If you were Google, would you want your smartphone competition to have a better or just-as-good service as your own smartphone?

  • Wite Boy

    pointless update

  • HumanCentiPad

    iOS needs a solid native gps. Solid is the key word here, one of the fine selling points on the droid has always been its native gps.

  • Not blind to the hype

    Wow another step backward for ios there is no way apple will have the info they need to do this unless they Steal it from google it took google a long time to get the info they have to run maps But don’t worry by the time iOS 10 comes out they mite be caught up to where it’s usable ………