Earlier this morning, 9to5Mac reported that the next major release of iOS, expected to debut at WWDC next month, will include a completely redesigned Maps application. The report explained that this would be one of iOS 6‘s major new features.

While the site certainly has some credibility in the world of Apple rumors, it’s always nice to get some corroboration from other sources. And we’ve just received that, from AllThingsD‘s Apple guru John Packzkowski…

Packzkowksi reports:

“Sources tell 9to5Mac that Apple will abandon Google’s mapping backend in the next major iteration of iOS, replacing it with a brand new mapping application powered by Apple technology. We’ve independently confirmed that this is indeed the case. Sources describe the new Maps app as a forthcoming tent-pole feature of iOS that will, in the words of one, “blow your head off.”

It’s worth noting that John’s sources have been fairly accurate in the past. AllThingsD correctly predicted the dates of both the iPhone 4S and third-generation iPad events. So combined with 9to5Mac’s report, this rumor appears to hold some serious weight.

This is great news for iOS users, who have been forced to use [outside of purchasing a third-party app] the same boring Mapping software for the past 5 years. Here’s hoping this materializes, and we see similar redesigns in other native iOS applications.

  • awesome !!!!!!!!!!!

  • I hope it still supports finding bus and train rides in Denmark. If it doesn’t I probably won’t upgrade to iOS 6, before Google makes their own Map app.

    • Anonymous

      I’m in 100% agreement with you on the bus/train directions…

    • Anonymous

      I’m in 100% agreement with you on the bus/train directions…

  • Anonymous

    The better redesign the YOUTUBE app. It’s horrible.

    • I think they should just get rid of it completely and have Google make their own YouTube app and put it in the app store, that way we get nice updates instead of having to wait for every iOS update for Apple to catch up with the constant YouTube changes. I always thought the YouTube app was out of place on the home screen, why does it have it’s own dedicated app when it serves no purpose to real business users or isn’t even that popular in other countries like China (I think it’s China) where Youku is their prefered video sharing site. It just never made sense to me. Hopefully getting rid of Google’s Maps app will also make them get rid of YouTube since it is owned by Google as well. An app store release would make much more sense for an app like that.

      • Anonymous

        Google doesn’t need to release an iOS YouTube app. Their mobile site (added to homescreen) is quite good. It’s one of the better web apps out there.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. The iOS YouTube app is on my last page along with stock reports and other iOS nonsense I don’t use. Just go ti the site via safari and add to home screen. Viola! It’s great.

    • Because the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad don’t support Flash, so a native YouTube app helps to support Apple’s case that those devices can still play lots of mobile video. That’s my take.

      • Anonymous

        What? When was the last time you opened YouTube in safari. Seems like it may have been quite awhile ago.

  • What they need in the new maps app is turn by turn voice directions. Expecially with all these states issuing laws not even letting you use map apps while driving

    • Anonymous

      If they don’t there will be /major/ backlash. Android is destroys iOS’s turn by turn experience.

  • Anonymous

    now get rid off youtube app google can buıld native youtube app then ı can change qualty on every video. ı have unlımıted 3g deal but ı cant watch jeff videos ın hd youtube app suck hard get rıd off google on ios 6

    • Anonymous

      Come again?

      • Anonymous

        sorry but I do not understand you

      • He didn’t understood what you wrote before.

  • Anonymous

    “So combined with 9to5Mac’s report, this rumor appears to hold some serious weight”
    So is it confirmed like your headline says or is it a rumor.

    • Anonymous

      If AllThingsD confirmed this then it’s true. They only report on rumors when they’re 100% sure at least from what I’ve seen in the past from them.

  • Anonymous

    Blow my head off? Umm interesting…

  • Ashwin Mathew

    guys dis is only i phone marketing technique

    WAT about SIRI …

    these r meant for US customers only so dont b FOOLED by it………..

    • Kok Hean

      Only location based features are meant for US customers.

  • I’d guess that they’ll also be adding an API for notification center widgets in the App Store.

    Ad@m

  • Anonymous

    It will suck the battery out of iphone4s enev faster. More like fix the damn battery of all new stuff that 4s can’t use it for long