The annual Apple iPhone announcement has come and gone, and the Cupertino-based tech giant has confirmed that its newest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6, will not only ship with the new iPhone 5 but will be available to all compatible devices next week on September 19th.
And with it will come the previously announced Apple Maps app. The answer to competitor’s Google Maps came back when Apple first unveiled iOS6 at its Worldwide Developers Conference, and will feature turn-by-turn navigation voiced by Siri, smooth vector-based graphics, real-time traffic updates, and integration with Yelp. Apple will also use a different way to gather real-time traffic data, by crowdsourcing all its iPhone users to generate alternative routes in order to save time.
The technology is the culmination of years of development and acquiring other businesses such as Placebase and Swedish-based 3D mapping company C3 Technologies. It’s no surprise that Apple has been wanting to divorce its devices and operating system from relying on Google Maps, and now the time has finally come. It will be interesting to see how it’ll compete in the navigation marketplace, but with everything Apple, we wouldn’t doubt its inevitable success one bit.