Apple's new 3D Maps in iOS 6 will ditch Google, 'blow your head off'
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Apple's new 3D Maps in iOS 6 will ditch Google, 'blow your head off'
Apple is expected to revamp its Maps application in the next major update to its iOS mobile operating system, moving away from the Google Maps service to provide its own solution that will reportedly feature photorealistic 3D mapping technology.
Citing anonymous sources familiar with the new version of Maps, John Paczkowski of All Things D reported on Friday that the new feature is expected to be unveiled at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will be held June 11 through 15 in San Francisco, Calif. The new Maps are currently planned to be shown off in a keynote that will kick off the event, the report said.
"Sources describe the new Maps app as a forthcoming tent-pole feature of iOS that will, in the words of one, 'blow your head off,'" Paczkowski wrote. "I’m not quite sure what that means, and the source in question declined to elaborate, but it's likely a reference to the photorealistic 3-D mapping tech Apple acquired when it purchased C3 Technologies."
Apple's proprietary mapping solution has been a long time in the making. The company's plans were first signaled in 2009, when it purchased Placebase, a competitor to Google Maps.
Then, in 2010, Apple bought Poly9, another mapping company, and began using its own location databases for the Maps application with the launch of iOS 3.2 for the first-generation iPad. Another key acquisition came in 2011, when Apple bought C3 Technologies, a Sweden-based 3D mapping company.
In 2010, a set of Apple patent applications showed that the company was looking into using future iPhones to generate 3D models of an object or place.Another application filed last August entitled "Augmented Reality Maps" described an invention that would overlay data such as directions or street names in real time on top of live video. Apple has also filed for a "Schematic Maps" patent where a mapping application would dynamically emphasize or exaggerate details such as roads or landmarks.
Traffic could also play a key role in Apple's new Maps application for iOS 6. The company publicly announced last April that it was "collecting anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database."
In a series of answers provided to U.S. Congress as part of an iOS-related location database controversy last year, Apple said its "improved traffic service" would launch in "the next couple of years." The company declined to share further details.
Google Announces New 3D Features for Google Earth, Is "Committed to Offering" Google
In a last minute press conference, Google today shared "the next dimension" of Google Maps. The presentation, which some felt was underwhelming from a product perspective, included a lot of history around the Google Earth, Maps and Street View products, as well as a peek at what's to come.
The announcements are particularly significant with credible rumors that Apple will be dropping Google Maps as the native maps application in iOS, in favor of its own solution at WWDC next week.
The first big announcement was related to the display of 3D buildings in Google Earth. Google is using airplanes along with a Google-designed system to photograph cities and make a 3D map of buildings. It appears to be a very similar process to the one used by C3 Technologies, a company that Apple purchased last year. The Verge offers more details on how it works:
To make the images, Google uses planes to take images at 45-degrees from four different angles — flying them in a tightly-controlled pattern with plenty of overlap. Google builds the 3D model off of these many images, using algorithms to create the shape and color of buildings. The process is "fully automated," building the 3D images without any human interactions. The system is intelligent enough to know when a certain image is blocked or shadowed, for example. The company hopes to combine the 2D mapping and vector data with the 3D images to perhaps someday provide vertical location information.
Aside from the Google Earth developments -- which will be coming to the iOS version of Google Earth in the coming weeks -- Google also unveiled new technologies for Street View and offline viewing for Google Maps on Android.
Google executives also took questions from the audience. Brian McClendon, VP of Engineering for Google Maps, said Google was "really proud of Google Maps" and that the company was "committed to offering those services on all platforms". Based on these statements, it seems likely Google will offer a standalone iOS app for Google Maps even if Apple chooses to implement its own mapping solution in the native iOS Maps app, much like it does for the existing Google Earth app.
Apple Launches New 'Maps' App in iOS 6, Includes Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Real-Time T
Apple today introduced a new Maps application in iOS 6 that will replace Google Maps as the default mapping application on the iPhone and iPad. It was designed by Apple from the ground up with all cartography done in-house.
Included in Maps are turn-by-turn directions that work with Siri, local search with 100 million business listings from around the world, Yelp integration, a free crowd-sourced traffic service, and 3D mapping with a Google Earth-like feature called 'Flyover'.
Microsoft providing mapping data for Apple’s new Maps app
Update: A reader just sent the images above that show Apple’s maps are identical to Microsoft’s for certain locations.
Evidence surfaced yesterday that showed Apple was crediting TomTom, in addition to OpenStreetMap, for at least some of the data used in its new in-house Maps app. Today, a report from TechPP (via TheNextWeb) pointed to proof that Apple’s Maps data appears to come from Microsoft too:
our friend, Cody Cooper, a New Zealand based developer, found something more interesting. While playing with Apple Maps on iOS 6 beta, Cody found that some of the Maps images had Microsoft attribution. Check out the image below showing the response headers with attributions to Microsoft Corp 2012. Click on the image for a better view.
We have not been able to confirm the evidence, so we are marking this as unconfirmed for now. Apple’s full list of acknowledgments for its Maps app can be viewed here, while the full-sized image of the evidence is below:
Here’s How To Use iOS 6’s Amazing 3D Maps Without iOS 6
Nokia's 3D Maps Are Nearly Identical To Apple's.
Apple touts their new 3D maps in iOS 6 as being brand new, but as it turns out, Nokia — of all companies! — beat them to it. That’s right, if you head over to maps.nokia.com right now, you can use what is essentially iOS 6 maps from your desktop browser.
Nokia’s maps are not only powered by C3 technologies, the same company that Apple purchased back in October, but they also behave almost identically to what you’ll find in iOS 6, offering the exact same controls, except without the multi-touch support. The maps even render in the same fashion as they do on iOS.
To run these 3D maps on your own computer, all you’ll need to do is install a small, 8.4MB maps plugin. On the maps page, just roll over the “map view” menu on the right hand side of the screen, and select “Get Maps 3D.” You will be guided to a page where you can download the plugin, assuming you are using a supported browser.
Google Chrome seems to work the best, although I’ve found that the performance of maps in iOS 6 is generally still better. It also appears that Apple’s maps provide a greater amount of detail than Nokia’s solution, although the difference is negligible. One thing Nokia has implemented that I wish Apple would pick up is the ability to choose from a list of predefined 3D cities, offering easy access to every area available in 3D.
Regardless, this is a neat way to experience what you can expect to see from iOS 6, which won’t debut until this fall.
Here All All The Cities You Can Flyover In iOS 6 Maps [Gallery]
Apple’s Flyover feature in the new iOS 6 Maps app gives users are really cool way to explore their favorite cities by looking at 3D renderings of major metropolitan areas. You can zoom in and out to view buildings in greater detail kind of like you’re really there. Right now there are a limited number of cities that Apple has created 3D renders of, but here’s a look at all the cities currently supporting Flyover in the new Maps app.
Apple HQ in Cupertino
The current number of cities Apple has rendered in 3D is pretty paltry and we’re hoping they get a lot more completed before iOS 6 launches.
Apple's new iOS 6 Maps to feature built-in Yelp check-ins
Apple's newly redesigned Maps application in iOS 6 will feature built-in support for users to check in with the social service Yelp, according to a new report.
Citing materials distributed to Apple software developers, Bloomberg reported on Monday that users will be able to post information to Yelp without exiting the Maps application and opening separate software. The documents provided to developers include screenshots of Yelp check-ins within the Apple Maps application.
When Apple unveiled its new Maps application earlier this month, it noted that integrated support for Yelp will be a part of the software. But Apple's information detailed user reviews on Yelp, and did not reveal that further support for other features on the service, like check-ins, will also be integrated.
Monday's report speculates that integration with Apple Maps could allow Yelp's check-in functionality challenge similar services offered by Foursquare and Facebook. Using the GPS on a smartphone, these services allow users to share their current location with other approved friends.
The new Maps application in iOS 6 is a major change, as Apple is abandoning Google's own mapping service for its own in-house solution. The all-new application has been built from the ground up by Apple and includes built-in turn-by-turn navigation, and anonymous, real-time, crowd-sourced traffic data.
Maps in iOS 6 also include new 3D mapping technology that Apple has dubbed "Flyover." It recreates cities and buildings in an interactive, three-dimensional layout.
The new Maps application also includes Siri integration, allowing users to ask for directions and offer estimated arrival times.
Apple is working with data that is a couple of years old. This can be seen by the billboard being for the original iPad, a product sold and marketing throughout 2010, and only a little bit into 2011.
The raw C3 implementation seen through Nokia’s online 3D maps portal (Nokia licensed C3′s data) shows cars in the road. At least in some places, like in the above area, Apple actually removed cars from the road. Though, cars are still present in the shown parking lots. We’re not sure what Apple’s motivation is behind removing cars from some roads, but it may be something procedural like Google blurring out faces and license plates in its Google Maps Street View service.
Now that there is no doubt that Apple’s 3D Maps data is straight from C3 Technologies, it is interesting to look at the other cities and regions that C3 has data for in 3D. Apple’s current iOS 6 build features a minimal number of 3D cities. We’ve seen Los Angeles, San Diego, Memphis, Denver, Copenhagen, Montreal, San Francisco and the Bay Area, Las Vegas, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, and Sacramento. While iOS 6 beta is currently showing under 15 cities, we might just be able to get excited about the several other areas that C3 covers including: London, Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Toronto, Venice, Boston, Oslo, and Vienna.
With iOS 6 not scheduled for release until the fall, Apple is likely working on smoothing out C3′s data for other cities. It will be interesting to see how many cities Apple ends up supporting in 3D Flyover mode, and if Apple plans to reach cities even beyond the ones that C3 Technologies recorded data for.