Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) saw the launch of the California based company’s latest iOS6 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Among many new features included in the software, Apple stated that it would be dropping Google maps from its popular mobile device operating system. The company announced that in place of Google Maps, a new Apple mapping software would be available to users. The new mapping feature will have several interesting abilities along with 3D mapping.
According to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, the brand new iOS6 will be made available in beta on Tuesday, June 12 and the completed version will be shipped sometime in the fall of 2012.
Rumors about Apple’s break with Google Maps were already making the rounds last week when Google revealed its own 3D mapping feature. This new mapping software will be available on Google’s mobile OS, Android.
The anouncment has pleased many developers who can now harness the new mapping capabilities of iOS6 to create more interesting and intuitive apps. Observers claim that the new version of iOS6 is the next step in the evolution of software as Apple learns from its users and how they use Apple devices. Another major plus for Apple is the ability to now directly save data they gather from people using the mapping feature. This gives them a pile of data from which to create methods of monetization and advertising.
The new 3D feature has not come without controversy though. Both Google and Apple have used airplanes to record and digitize the maps for 3D viewing. This has drawn concern from privacy advocates and groups who claim that the technology and spy planes being used to recreate cities in 3D can look into homes. This is possible because the new technology allows Google and Apple to show objects on the their 3D maps that are in actuality only 4 inches large.