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iOS 6 Features: 3D Maps Screenshots Leaked

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iOS 6 Maps
iOS 6 Maps

We're not entirely sure what feature goodies iOS 6 has in store yet, but 3D rendered buildings within the maps app are on the cards. It makes the navigation app look like a mid-90s flight sim, and has us kinda excited.

BGR has published screenshots purporting to be representative of the new Maps app of iOS 6. This is an even bigger departure from the current mapping app of iOS 5 than it seems, as it also marks Apple parting from the Google Maps solution in use now. Apple's going it alone, and it should result in an all-new Maps experience.

iOS 6 Maps

The screenshots come from a "trusted source", and while that term is about as trustworthy as a politician's expenses, the Boy Genius has made more serious leaks over the past few years than an incontinent grandpa. BGRs screens show that the 3D rendered buildings do look a little wonky, but the level of detail extrapolated from satellite photography is nevertheless highly impressive.

Apple was rumoured to break with Google Maps with iOS 5, but the move never materialised. Our best guess is that Apple has been working on an in-house mapping solution for years now. iOS 6 is expected to launch at WWDC this year, on June 11.

via BGR

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May 30, 2012, 8:20 am

Awesome, it'll be just like when they introduced their own version of skype. They'll claim to have invented it themselves even though it's not remotely new and the sheep will lap it up. Wonder what they'll call it though considering iMap is already taken...


May 30, 2012, 2:00 pm

Ah, the old sheep analogy! That never gets tiring ... honest!


May 30, 2012, 6:29 pm

@Stripy - It's not so much that they claimed to invent video calling. But what they did do was bring it to the mass market user - the sort of guy/gal who'd never heard of, let alone installed, Skype - and included it in the handset as standard.

As for this news - it'll be interesting if this really is ready in time for the iOS6 launch this summer - and whether the mapping effort is US only or worldwide at launch.

If you zoom in on most UK cities in Google Earth (or Google Maps in 'Earth View'), at present, there's not a lot of 3d buildings, once you stray beyond Central London. It'll be interesting to see how Apple's offering compares - and whether there'll be additional functionality above & beyond what Google & Bing maps offer.


May 31, 2012, 7:31 am

@ Lantic: I apologise for not being clear. I don't think everyone who owns an iPhone is a sheep, just the ones who swallow their marketing nonsense. For the record i've had an iPhone for 2 1/2 years.

@ KultiVator: Fair point, I appreciate there are people out there who may own an iPhone that haven't heard of skype. It just grates with me when people refer to video calling as Face Time.

p.s. The sheep analogy is popular because it fits.


May 31, 2012, 11:55 am

Google Maps does have this feature but so far I've only seen it in the Rotterdam area. If you go into the 'satellite' view of Rotterdam and gradually zoom in, you suddenly change to this 3D 'flyover' view and can zoom in clearly quite close.

I've found it in no other city so far, though it may well be in several.


May 31, 2012, 3:18 pm

Bing maps have had this feature for a number of years now so not sure what the excitement is about.

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