9to5Mac citing the “trusted sources”, reports that Apple will be working towards providing their own mapping solution in iOS 6 – a completely in-house maps application, dropping the Google Maps program running on iOS since back from 2007. The credit goes to their purchase of Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9; acquisitions that Apple has used to create a complete mapping database. This is how the Apple acquired company C3 Technologies described their technology:
C3 Technologies is the leading provider of 3D mapping solutions, offering photo-realistic models of the world for search, navigation and geographic information systems. Since 2007 when it was spun out of the aerospace and defense company Saab AB, venture-backed C3 has redefined mapping by applying previously classified image processing technology to the development of 3D maps as a platform for new social and commercial applications. The Sweden-based company’s automated software and advanced algorithms enable C3 to rapidly assemble extremely precise 3D models, and seamlessly integrate them with traditional 2D maps, satellite images, street level photography and user generated images, that together are forever changing how people use maps and explore the world.