It appears Apple is breaking away from relying on Google for Maps and will be unveiling it’s own 3D mapping service in iOS 6.
BGR has posted a report that includes the obligatory blurry spy photos of what is said to be a build of iOS 6 running Apple’s new Maps implementation:
Apple has been working on an in-house mapping solution for a few years, and it appears as if the company is finally ready to release a new Maps app for iOS, sidestepping Google’s mapping data for its own. BGR has obtained exclusive information and photos of parts of Apple’s new Maps app from a trusted source, and the app features a refreshed user interface including a brand new navigation bar. This bar, we’re told, is silver instead of blue. Since the current Maps app follows the standard blue iOS color scheme, we think it’s possible Apple might shift toward a silver color theme in iOS 6 like on the iPad.
The iPhone version of Maps has a floating locate me button (it sounds very similar to Android’s Google Maps app) in the bottom left corner. To access 3D mode, which will make use of Apple’s C3 Technologies acquisition, you have to peel back the lower right corner of Maps just like the current version and enable 3D mode. Once enabled, you can switch in and out of 3D mode by tapping a 3D icon in the lower left corner. A photo of this feature can be seen in our gallery.
Apple is now putting the finishing touches on its 3D mapping functionality, and it is currently being tested in build 10A3XX of iOS 6.
iOS 6 is expected to be unveiled and released in beta form at WWDC on June 11 during Apple’s keynote at 10am PDT. To use this beta, you will need your UDID registered.
The above image is a mockup based on details from the source and includes elements from the blurry screenshots received: