Apple confirmed that iOS 6, the next major version of its mobile operating system debuting this fall, includes an all-new Maps application with vector-based map elements, a 3D Flyover view, spoken directions, and more.
Apple promises a maps experience like no other when iOS 6 launches later this year:
“Beautifully designed from the ground up (and the sky down), Maps will change the way you see the world. Map elements are vector based, so graphics and text are incredibly detailed — even when you zoom all the way in — and panning is smooth.”
The software features turn-by-turn navigation (thanks to the likes of TomTom, who licensed their content to the iPhone maker) which guides you to your destination with spoken directions.
The amazing Flyover function, which Apple demoed on stage at WWDC 2012, has photo-realistic interactive 3D views.
Drivers will be ecstatic when the software arrives this fall with real-time traffic information on stuff like how long it will take to get to your destination.
The software will even offer alternative routes to save time if the traffic conditions change significantly.
“Tilt and rotate to view an area, and Maps keeps the names of streets and places where they belong. Get visual and spoken turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic updates,” says Apple. “Even soar over cityscapes to see the sights from the air in amazing, high-resolution quality.”
Finally, local search will offer information for over 100 million businesses with info cards that offer reviews, available deals, imagery, and even Yelp ratings.
iOS 6 is already available to iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com for testing purposes.
Apple confirmed at the WWDC 12 opening keynote that iOS 6 would be available as a free software update for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch (fourth generation) this fall. Some features won’t be supported on all devices.