So far 2012 is turning out to be a great year. Lots of amazing products like the New iPad and Samsung Galaxy S III have been released. Whereas upcoming products such as next generation iPhone and Android 5.0 Jelly Bean are being much hyped about. Google is gearing up to unveil the new Google Maps later next week in San Francisco, California. It has been said that this update will redefine Google’s mapping service as we know it.
So Google is revamping its Maps product, why is this news? Well the timing is very critical. Less than a week after June 6, Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 is commencing On June 11. In this conference Apple is expected to unveil iOS 6 firmware which features an all new Maps service that Apple itself has developed. For long it has been rumoured that Apple is going to drop Google Maps as the default mapping service on it’s iOS devices. Now that rumour is about to come true in the very near future.
Images of Apple’s purported new Maps application have already been leaked. The salient feature of this new application is said to be the 3D view which Apple has produced with the help of C3 Technologies, a 3D mapping company it acquired back in 2010. Other mapping companies such as Placebase and Poly9 have also been acquired by Apple in the past few years. These acquisitions lead to the rumours that Apple was creating a mapping product of its own.
Obviously Google Maps would be dropped when Apple introduces its own mapping solution. Though it looks like Google Maps is not going down without a fight because days before its likely to be dropped as the default iOS mapping solution, Google Maps is being reintroduced to the world in an entirely different way.
Google’s vice president of Maps and Earth services Brian McClendon will make an appearance at this event and will offer a sneak peak of the features new Google Maps has to offer. The world “dimension” in the invite is particularly interesting. It hints at the possibility of Maps being rolled out in 3D for all devices it is compatible with, mobile and desktop alike.
The event kicks off on June 6 at 9:30 am Pacific Time in San Francisco, California. Lets see what Google is hiding up its sleeve and whether or not it would make Apple regret dropping Google Maps as the default iOS mapping service alogether.