Last night iOS 6 was announced at WWDC 2012 in San Francisco. One of the big changes it brings is a new mapping system, which has now been confirmed as supplied by TomTom.
Google has been Apple’s long-term mapping partner, supplying the maps seen in the iOS Maps app. But that’s all about to change. The partnership has been binned in favour of a team-up with Sat-Nav guru TomTom. An official statement was released by the company today, saying “TomTom has signed a global agreement with Apple for maps and related information.”
Other than a lust for greener mapping pastures, there’s one obvious reason why Apple would want to ditch Google – it is behind iOS’s main rival, Android. It’s a move that has set our imaginations off too, opening-up the possibility of getting TomTom’s advanced traffic features on iPhones. Its Traffic HD service uses constantly-updated information from its users to offer on-the-fly insight about traffic jams and accidents, for advanced route planning.
However, this won’t appear in iOS 6, as far as we know. It does bring 3D mapping of cities and – of course – full turn-by-turn navigation. iOS 6 will launch in “the fall”.