Looking up directions on your iPhone is about to change forever. Rumors have been circulating for a while that Apple would be releasing a replacement for Google Maps, and Monday during its WWDC keynote those rumors became a reality.
The new maps bring turn-by-turn directions to iOS, as well as fun features like Siri integration and 3D Flyover, which let you experience places in highly detailed 3D.
The Apple version of maps bring turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone, a traffic view, and anonymous real-time crowdsourced incident reports for traffic problems you encounter along the way.
Maps are also integrated in with Siri, allowing you to ask Siri to do things like find your nearest gas station or how long it will take for you to reach your destination.
A Flyover feature also lets you see the scene in 3D,much like the 3D Maps Google announced last week. Images are rendered in real time, and are exceptionally detailed 3D. You can choose to check out a destination you’re driving to using the mapping application, or even just check out somewhere you’d like to travel.
Over the past three years, Apple has acquired three mapping companies: Placebase, Poly9, and C3 Technologies, the latter two focused specifically on 3D mapping making releasing its own mapping solution an obvious next step.
The updated Apple version of Maps will be available in the release of iOS 6.