Wondered why Apple were able to make iOS 6 Maps such a comprehensive alternative to Google Maps? Well a deal with TomTom certainly helped
TomTom has confirmed that they signed an agreement with Apple over their new iOS 6 Maps app for iPhone and iPad. There had been much speculation as to how Apple had been able to come up with such a complete alternative to Google Maps without the help of a third party.
Talking to T3 exclusively TomTom were able to confirm that they had signed an agreement with Apple saying: "TomTom has signed a global agreement with Apple for maps and related information."
"TomTom delivers the world's most up-to-date digital maps. Covering over 200 countries and territories, TomTom's maps encompass more than 35 million kilometres globally."
Apple iOS 6 features:
Featuring turn-by-turn navigation and full 3D-mapping for almost every major city Apple's Map app is the company's replacement for Google Maps who had previously provided Apple with an exclusive maps service.
Apple's Map app is just one of several hundred new features on iOS 6 including a completely revamped calling system which lets you send prewritten responses. Elsewhere there's a 'Do Not Disturb' function which lets you control which notifications you receive on your iPhone or iPad letting you effectively silence your phone during meetings or at night.
Apple have also completely updated their social integration with iOS 6 now getting full Facebook integration. What this means is that whenever you go access the App Store you'll be able to 'like' Apple apps and share them with your friends, there's also full contract and calendar integration as well.
Siri has been given a makeover also thanks to improved sports features as well as the ability to tap into newly integrated Rotten Tomatoes and Yelp apps which have been built-into the Siri application.
Finally, and last but not least is FaceTime 3G. Apple has finally given users the ability to make FaceTime calls over a 3G network no longer having to rely on WiFi connections.
iOS 6 was announced last night at Apple's WWDC 2012 keynote which saw Apple unveil a brand-new Apple MacBook Pro 2012 with Retina Display alongside a whole host of new updated MacBooks and their new operating system Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion.