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3D view of San Francisco from C3's 3D Mapping technology

When we heard news that Apple had purchased a few mapping companies (Placebase maps in 2009, Poly9 in 2010, and C3 Technologies in 2011), there was a lot of excitement and buzz in the air about a possible ground-up redoing of iOS Maps. While the current Maps app is serviceable, at best, it has long been a thorn in the side of a lot of users for quite awhile.

Rumors abound today though about how Apple might in fact be utilizing those purchases over the past few years and be revealing a brand new maps app whenever they release iOS 6. According to “trusted sources” and independently confirmed by All Things Digtital, 9to5Mac is reporting the following:

Apple has an incredible headline feature in development for iOS 6: a completely in-house maps application. Apple will drop the Google Maps program running on iOS since 2007 in favor for a new Maps app with an Apple backend.

So it looks as if not only might Maps be changing, it will be almost a total re-wiring by getting rid of Google’s program for the backend of the app, which is a pretty big step. Could this be another step of Apple working to further distance itself from its one-time ally in Google? One would think so, but it might also be for improved performance and game-changing maps display.

Through the previously mentioned purchases, Apple acquired the rights to a revolutionary 3D mapping technology that is pretty mind blowing. The technology comes from the people at C3 Technologies, and it’s pretty amazing. The company states that their technology comes from previously classified image processing tech, and allows for a seamlessly integrated image of 2D maps, satellite images, street level photos, and user generated images. The result is an astoundingly realistic visual that should have a lot of users quite excited.

Whether or not this actually comes to fruition in Apple’s future release of Maps remains to be seen, but the company does own the rights to this tech, and the possibilities are quite high.  A source told All Things Digital today that the upcoming map app will “Blow your head Off.”  That pretty much confirms this breakthrough mapping technology to appear in the future.

For a taste of what some of the technology might look like, check out the video below.

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