According to the reports, Apple Acquired C3 Technologies,A mind blowing 3D mapping company based in Sweden. It looks like Apple will bring 3rd dimension to iOS Maps very soon. Already Apple has a partnership with Google maps to use it in the iOS devices. Apple’s latest acquisition is a clear hint towards removing Google maps backend support in near future.
Below video will give you a clear picture on how the new 3D mapping technology works.
C3 Technologies creates incredibly high-quality and detailed 3D maps with virtually no input from humans. The 3D mapping is camera based and the technology picks up buildings, homes, and even smaller objects like trees. C3 Technologies solution comes from declassified missile targeting methods.
Reports say that C3 Technologies CEO Mattias Astrom, C3 Technologies CFO Kjell Cederstrand, and lead C3 Technologies Product Manager Ludvig Emgard are now working within Apple’s iOS division. The leading trio, along with most of the former C3 Technologies team, is still working as a team inSweden(interestingly, the division is now called “Sputnik”), where the C3 Technologies company was located prior to the Apple acquisition.
Apple already have two mapping companies Placebase and a their own 3D mapping company called Poly9. The previous aqiuisitions obviously means Apple is at least interested in (or considering) the field of three-dimensional mapping solutions.C3 Technologies is the third mapping company that apple acquired.
I think in near future Apple will remove Google Maps support and iOS 6 will be coming with 3D maps.