It seems that the inclusion of Google Maps in Apple products may be coming to a halt fairly soon.
Google Maps has been a part of iOS products since the first iPhone launched in 2007, but that was well before the two companies got locked in a bitter fight over mobile operating systems. Despite all the issues between the two, Google Maps has has stuck around, but according to a new report, all of that will change when iOS 6 launches this year.
9 to 5 Mac is reporting that trusted sources are saying that Apple is in the midst of wrapping up a totally new mapping app that will be done completely in-house. This isn’t too surprising as Apple has purchased companies such as Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9, all of which built products that deal with mapping solutions. Additionally, several top executives from C3 have now left Apple, a not uncommon sight around the Cuppertino campus when Apple has finished integrating an acquired company’s tech into its own products.
WWDC 2012 is kicking off next month, and the annual developers conference is where we usually get a good look at what is coming up in the next version of iOS. Don’t be too surprised if we see a whole new version of Maps at that time.
[via 9 to 5 Mac]