Apple's iOS 6 Maps app can do 3D, says report

A preview of the Maps app reportedly destined for iOS 6 has surfaced on the Web and appears to come with the ability to display images in 3D, according to BGR.

Is Google Maps due to be replaced by Apple's own Maps app in iOS 6?
Is Google Maps due to be replaced by Apple's own Maps app in iOS 6? Matt Elliot/CNET

Apple's 3D Map app for iOS 6 may have received a sneak peek, courtesy of Boy Genius Report.

Obtaining details and photos of the new app from a "trusted source," BGR said that Apple's new in-house Map program is currently being tested in the latest build of iOS 6.

The main photo on BGR's site is mostly a mockup based on the information received from the source. Additional photos that are large but blurry show different screens of the app. But one in particular reveals an option to switch to 3D mode.

To jump into 3D, you peel back the lower right corner of the app and tap on the 3D mode option, according to BGR. You can then switch back and forth between 2D and 3D by tapping an icon in the lower left corner. Assuming the details and photos are on the money, Apple would be using 3D imagery provided by C3 Technologies , which the iPhone maker acquired last October.

The information and images do back up a story published earlier this month by 9to5Mac, saying that Apple would drop Google Maps for iOS 6 in favor of its own in-house Maps app. AllThingsD received similar intel from its own sources, who described the new app as something that will "blow your head off."

We should know for sure how mind-blowing the new app is in a couple of weeks. Apple is expected to unveil iOS 6 and the new Maps app at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which has just been scheduled for the week of June 11 .

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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