Apple is preparing to launch its own 3D mapping service as the default app if it announces iOS 6 at WWDC next month, according to new reports
While seems speculation that Apple has been 'ditching Google Maps' for an in-house solution has been around since the last time Manchester City won the league title, it seems that day could finally be approaching.
The 9to5 Mac site has information from a 'trusted source' that the new maps app will 'feature an incredible 3D mode' and a replacement for Google Street View, which will both be provided by specialist company C3 technologies which Apple owns.
The report says: "The most important aspect of the new Maps application is a powerful new 3D mode. The 3D mode does not come enabled by default, but users simply need to click a 3D button that is conveniently and visibly stored in the app. Perhaps under the fold like the current traffic, pin, and map view buttons."
Until now, Apple has had control of the iOS Maps application, but it's always been a Google-based apps. the new iteration will apparently feature an entirely in-house created mapping database.
While this is by no means confirmed, it's certainly something to look-out for when Apple introduces iOS 6, hopefully next month.