A week today, we’ll finally get a “sneak peek at the future of Windows Phone”, which presumably means some sort of Apollo unveiling or something.
Ahead of the so-called Windows Phone “Summit”, we’re hearing details of some big changes in Apollo, namely that Bing Maps will be overthrown by Nokia Maps - not just in Nokia handsets, but all Windows Phones.
That’s the story according to the folks at WPCentral, who add – in a feature suggesting that Apollo will be “more impressive” than iOS 6 – that Nokia Maps will boast “3D navigation and hardware acceleration”.
This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard such rumours. Indeed, over a year ago, it was suggested that Ovi Maps (remember Ovi?) would ultimately replace Bing Maps.
The feature goes on to suggest that Microsoft’s Skype will provide a sexy alternative to iOS 6’s FaceTime (and arguably iMessage, to an extent), but concedes that there’s no answer to Siri just yet. Well, unless Microsoft has a big surprise up its sleeve.
Other Windows Phone Apollo features are thought to include multi-core action (all Windows Phones to date have been single-core), multiple screen resolutions, and a focus on Near Field Communication (NFC).
One week today, chaps. Stay tuned.