Is it time to say goodbye to Google maps now? Apple hasn't really needed them for a while now, but they're still using the service to power iOS's Maps app. 9to5mac is reporting that Apple will drop Google's mapping service in iOS 6 in favor of an entirely in-house system.
According to them, the experience with the new app is much cleaner, faster and more reliable. It'll also have a 3D mode, which is powered by C3 Technologies, a 3D mapping company Apple bought up last year.
The move away from Google Maps means less reliance on Google, and since then, Apple has already been moving further away from the service, using OpenStreetMaps data in its latest update. Lets not forget how Apple is stockpilling mapping companies. C3, Poly9, Placebase to name a few.