Main Feature of iOS 6: Maps.

From 0 to 88MPH for iOS 6 today.

The new maps is one i’ve been hearing about for about 18 months now, and after reading what it could be capable of, it seems to be the standout feature for iOS 6 this year.

Sources tell 9to5Mac that Apple will abandon Google’s mapping back-end in the next major iteration of iOS, replacing it with a brand-new mapping application powered by Apple technology. We’ve independently confirmed that this is indeed the case. Sources describe the new Maps app as a forthcoming tentpole feature of iOS that will, in the words of one, “blow your head off.” I’m not quite sure what that means, and the source in question declined to elaborate, but it’s likely a reference to the photorealistic 3-D mapping tech Apple acquired when it purchased C3 Technologies. 


When AllThingsD have their source confirm it, all you can do is take that as fact.

If you think back to each iOS version, there’s always been one standout feature:

iOS 1.0 – iOS

iOS 2.0 – Apps

iOS 3.0 – Copy/Paste

iOS 4.0 – Multitasking

iOS 5.0 – Notifications Center

When you read about the detail that these maps are capable of, and to show them on the retina displays, it’s sure to be a hell of a show come June.

Maybe we’ll be seeing turn-by-turn directions, and, Siri working with this in the UK and other countries at last.

June can’t come fast enough.

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