Apple To Replace Google Maps With C3 Tech In iOS 6
Apple looks to be continuing its intent to oust Google from its iOS operating system with a new mapping program. According to 9to5 Mac, Apple is looking to include technology from C3 Technologies in the upcoming iOS 6 to replace the existing Google Maps software.
While broadly similar to Google Maps, C3's technology offers some impressive advances, particularly concerning graphics. Using missile targeting methods, the software can render much more realistic maps – buildings, cars, trees, and such are all 3D models. Compare this to Google Maps, which places simplistic 3D renders of buildings upon the flat surfaces of the maps themselves.
An alternative to Street View is included as well, using C3's multi-camera system. All of this rolls into a package that the company itself has described as “Google Earth on Steroids.” Watch the video below for a demonstration:
iPhone and iPad users who will be able to upgrade to iOS 6 will be able to avail in the eye candy-heavy goodness, if 9to5 Mac is turns out to be right. It will be nice to see Turn-By-Turn Voice Navigation make a debut appearance as well, seeing that Android users have had access to that feature for awhile now, but we will see what happens.
(Via 9to5 Mac)