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It’s been known for a while that Apple wishes to eradicate the current stock Google Maps offering in place of its own version. Sources of 9to5mac have offered confirmation, while also going into some detail about the upcoming improvements.

Maps With 3D Mode will be one of the new features of the upcoming iOS 6, according to the report on the matter, and having included Google’s iteration since the release of the first iPhone back in 2007, the new version will step things up quite a few notches. Although the app will look and feel different throughout – right down to a new design for the icon – the centerpiece will be the 3D mode.

Having acquired C3 Technologies back in October, it’s been public record for a while that there would be 3D mapping in a future release. C3 is one of the most advanced providers of 3D mapping solutions, offering unmatched precision of 3D models which integrate seamlessly with 2D maps, satellite images, street-level photography as well as user-generated images

We expect iOS 6 to be revealed at WWDC ’12, although it won’t be released until an accompanying device has been readied. Aside from the new Maps, there’s little else to report on at the moment.

[via Redmond Pie]

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