The new Maps app from Apple is said to have marked similarities to Google Maps’ latest iOS versions, but with typically Apple-esque attributes such as a refined sense of usability and clarity. So far, Apple’s iOS Maps design has had an Apple front end but a Google Maps based backend, but the new in house creation has an Apple backend as well.
“C3 Technologies is the leading provider of 3D mapping solutions, offering photo-realistic models of the world for search, navigation and geographic information systems. Since 2007 when it was spun out of the aerospace and defense company Saab AB, venture-backed C3 has redefined mapping by applying previously classified image processing technology to the development of 3D maps as a platform for new social and commercial applications. The Sweden-based company’s automated software and advanced algorithms enable C3 to rapidly assemble extremely precise 3D models, and seamlessly integrate them with traditional 2D maps, satellite images, street level photography and user generated images, that together are forever changing how people use maps and explore the world.”
With the impending WWDC 2012 coming up this June, one can expect that Apple will at least give the world a good look at iOS 6, if not release the comprehensive iOS upgrade altogether!