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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