First, it was iPhoto and now it seems to be iOS 6. Apple doesn’t use Google Maps data on the popular photo organizing software iPhoto anymore. Instead, data from the open-source map project OpenStreetMap is being used.
Although the release dates and the features of iOS 6 are still unclear, iCloud and the Maps application have been generating a lot of heat lately. The iCloud website has had the email and Find My iPhone features all along and now the website seems to have the Notes and Reminders icons. This might hint some new features that are about to be added to Apple’s new mobile operating system.
There have also been hints about Apple employees using iPads that run iOS 6. But the most important feature or more, an update is the rumor about Apple dropping Google maps data. Apple had incorporated the Maps application into the first generation iPhone and has been a standard feature all along. But now after five major updates, Apple seems to be pulling the plug on Google.
Apple has been waging a holy war against Google. In 2009, Dr. Eric Schmidt, the Chief Executive Officer of Google resigned from Apple’s board of directors. Then, Apple wouldn’t allow Google’s Talk application to hit the iTunes Store. Now it seems as though Maps is about to get a revamp. Apple acquired C3 technologies, a company that specializes in hyper-realistic 3D mapping. Apple has also acquired two other companies, Placebase and Poly9. Technologies acquired from these companies are expected to power the new Maps application in iOS 6.
Although Apple had complete control over the design and the functionality of the original Maps application, Google owned the technology that powered the back end framework of the application. It was reported earlier that Apple and Google had extended the Maps Deal before the iOS 5 launch. But it is now not obvious as to when the deal ends. iOS 6 is going to change that forever. Although the new application is said to have a similar user interface, it is also said that by using the new in house data, the application will be cleaner, faster, and more reliable.
The 3D model is the most important feature in the transit. The user can switch to the 3D model with a touch and unfold a beautiful, realistic graphics based on de-classified missile target algorithms. iOS 6 will most likely be introduced at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference.
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