It’s generally accepted that the iPhone 5 will probably land in October (or possibly September), with little to no chance of new hardware popping up at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.
As such, the technology world will be hoping Team Cupertino placates us with something suitably sweet in iOS 6, and said something might very well be Apple’s very own Maps app.
That’s the story according to 9to5mac. They’re hearing that Apple is set to ditch the Google back-end and switch to technology it acquired when it snapped up Placebase, C3 Technologies and Poly9.
That mightn’t be massively exciting in itself, but the real talking point – if the rumours are true – will be Apple Maps’ 3D mode. Get this: it’s supposedly “based on de-classified missile target algorithms”. Equal parts terrifying and brilliant.
Of course, the current Google Maps app has a 3D mode, but it's really only effective in the non-satellite view.
C3 Technologies, on the other hand, claims to be “the leading provider of 3D mapping solutions, offering photo-realistic models of the world for search, navigation and geographic information systems.” Sounds good to us.
WWDC 2012 takes place from June 11 through June 15.