Apple iOS 6 Dumps Google Maps for In-House Cartography
Talk about charting your own path — among the flurry of hardware news out of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 (WWDC) came a major software development from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) with the beta release of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, which will be generally available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall as a free software update.
The latest OS, which is currently being offered to iOS Developer Program members, includes a new mapping application designed by Apple developers and includes a detailed 3D “Flyover” view, as well as improvements to Apple’s digital assistant, Siri.
Apple had long been rumored to dump the mapping application from arch-rival Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) in favor of an in-house app, which employs vector-based map elements, turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic information. To top it all off, the app also features local search information for more than 100 million businesses, with info cards that offer Yelp ratings, reviews, available deals and photos.
The platform also offers deeper integration with Facebook, allowing users to sign in once and post from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps, including photos, Apple’s Safari browser and the new maps app.
Keeping its eye on the cloud, iOS 6 also makes it easier to share photos using Shared Photo Streams through iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage service.
Enhancements to Safari, such as iCloud tabs, offline reading lists, photo uploads and full-screen view, support for FaceTime calls over cellular networks and the option to decline incoming calls with a quick message, set a callback reminder and enable a new Do Not Disturb option, are among the other major upgrades to the software.