Rumors from all over have mentioned that Apple would drop Google Maps from iOS devices come iOS 6. After today’s keynote at WWDC, we’ve come to learn that Apple is introducing its own “in-house” mapping application that would come preloaded on iOS.
Engadget reports, however, that the Maps application on iOS 6 is powered by TomTom and “others” and not being a wholly in-house effort by Apple. We initially speculated that Apple would take on the efforts of mapping on their own using the technologies and applications they have gained from the acquisition of C3 Technologies and PlaceBase. However, it could be that Apple’s development is not quite ready for the general marketplace just yet.
TomTom has offered an iOS turn-by-turn navigation app for the iPhone for the past few years. With the introduction of turn-by-turn maps on iOS 6, it is actually not much of a surprise that iOS will be utilizing TomTom’s technologies to give for mapping and directions. We hope to see the same great quality of Google Maps and TomTom integrated together in the Maps application for iOS 6.