Remember talk of Apple’s enhanced Maps app thought to feature cutting-edge 3D view?

Apparently a few years in the making, looks like Cupertino is now ready to supplant a Google Maps backend with its own in-house mapping solution come June 11.

And now, screenshots from a “trusted source” have surfaced, depicting this exciting three-dimensional mapping view in action. The admittedly gorgeous photos look authentic and conceivably show off the power of a declassified missile targeting technology Apple got hold of with their 2011 acquisition of advanced 3D mapping startup C3 Technologies…

According to Boy Genius Report editor Jonathan Geller, Apple is said to be testing this new 3D mapping functionality in build 10A3XX of iOS 6, meaning the headline new feature should be ready by June 11, when Apple is scheduled to kick off its annual developers conference in San Francisco and hopefully launch iOS 6.

The re-worked Maps app includes “a brand new navigation bar” (it’s silver instead of blue) and the iPhone version of the program apparently sports “a floating locate me button” in the bottom left corner.

Take a look at this awesome screenshot.

9to5Mac originally broke news of Apple working on an in-house mapping solution for years now. That publication now approves of BGR’s screenies, claiming they represents “an almost entirely correct render of the new Maps app”.

And the following screenshot depicts a 3D button that Mark Gurman first mentioned in his 9to5Mac article two weeks ago.

Gurman wrote in the aforementioned piece:

The most important aspect of the new Maps application is a powerful new 3D mode. The 3D mode does not come enabled by default, but users simply need to click a 3D button that is conveniently and visibly stored in the app.

Compare this to Geller’s description from today’s post over at BGR:

To access 3D mode, which will make use of Apple’s C3 Technologies acquisition, you have to peel back the lower right corner of Maps just like the current version and enable 3D mode. Once enabled, you can switch in and out of 3D mode by tapping a 3D icon in the lower left corner.

Looks like Gurman’s been right all along with his 3D Maps stories, though 9to5Mac highlighted today a couple discrepancies:

The renderings are largely accurate, from what we heard, but the bookmarks icon does not show the border that we saw. Also, the 3D icon only exists on the iPad version (it is actually below the curl on the iPhone, because it is too easy to accidentally press).

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What do you guys think?

Is this the real thing or just another nice Photoshop job?

  • not sure how this will help me, i hardly use maps on the iphone anyway.

    • Tom

      Perhaps you will once it stops sucking.

    • Anonymous

      I think that’s part of Apple’s reasoning behind this revamp; not as many people use the standard Maps app as Apple would like. So 2 choices: 1) Remove the app. This isn’t the best idea as it would not help those that do use it and would seem to put Android further ahead in terms of built-in features. 2) Overhaul Maps and make people want to use it again.

      I’m sure this 3D view will be awesome in its own right, but I’m quite hopefully this will just be scratching the surface on the new Maps’ new features. Perhaps you’ll end up revising your statement to something like, “I hardly use any other maps on the iPhone anyway.”

  • Why must everything starts leaking out before WWDC? Soon they are going to leak out a new camera app for the iphone

  • This is all great, but Google has the most complete database of businesses, and it has street view. Are we going to lose that?

  • I can’t wait to use this.

  • Honestly, it doesn’t impress me at all and I think is it fake.

  • Romain Alberich

    Well we just needed real navigation.. Overkill?

  • Anonymous

    I personally think that we need true navigation functionality for the iphone, not 3d map. Just an opinion though.

  • Anonymous

    so, what if i want to drop a pin onto a street behind a building?

    and, as mentioned, if this means a loss of streetview then i’ll find the new maps highly unusable.

  • does ibooks work with the new jailbreak?

  • Come on, even if this is true, most probably, and again, areas outside US won’t be able to use the 3D feature..

    • Robert Goldberg

      Who cares about ares outside US !!?….

      • Bruno Grilo

        perhaps i’m taking a wild shot here but probably people outside US..

    • Prior to Apple purchasing C3 Technologies more than 100 cities across the Earth had been mapped using their technology including; Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Copenhagen, Florence, Helsinki, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Miami, Milan, New York, Oslo, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Venice, Vienna to name a few.

      • Ronald Weaver

        Damm nice response! You seem smart idkw but your response seems to be why.

  • I’m willing to be anyone here and now the cost of one, “Homer Simpson” Donut (at 7-11) that Apple will in fact roll out their new maps with iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5……

    HOWEVER, the 3D version of these maps will ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO THE NEW iPhone 5 – just like Siri was ONLY available to iPhone 4S.

    So, us locked in to contracts with our older phones will get to upgrade to iOS 6, but we will NOT be allowed to enjoy the spender of 3D…..

    I’m betting you a Donut on this – any takers???

    • iPhone 4S with iOS 6 has the C3 Technologies-based 3D Maps.

      Do you need my address to send my donut coupon?

      • CLAIMED – Okay, you are the only one I will honor this bet to.
        Send me your 7-11 receipt and your PayPal email address and I will make a PayPal payment to you for the Homer Simpson Donut. 🙂

  • P.S. I just want the maps to work as good as they did on my Sprint/Nextel Samsung Instinct which had the press-to-talk button on the side, I would say any address and it would automatically give me directions from my current location to that address (using NAVTEQ maps).

    I had the option for voice turn-by-turn as well as graphically very easy to follow maps, and large image prompts to turn right or left, etc. So simple to use when driving in a car!!!

    I would press the button and say a contact’s name, and if I had their address in there it would prompt me to call them, or give me directions to their house!

    I needed to find the nearest Starbucks, I just pushed the button, and said “Starbucks” and it would determine the nearest Starbucks and ask if that is where I wanted to go to… Simple, and what really shocked me was it was integrated with MS BING Search.

    This was 2009 folks!!! Apple is so far behind with their maps and use of Google Maps it is truly sad……

    Eh, maybe I’ll just go buy back an old Instinct….. Hummmmmm……

  • Anonymous

    3d maps is cool but I would rather turn by turn nav instead. Its kinda hard looking at my phone and keeping an eye on the road at the same time.

  • Kempi

    This would be better on the ipad..

  • I don’t even use satellite view… just give us turn by turn navigation

  • Whooaaaa cool. Looks like they have little spy planes flying around the world.

  • What is the use for 3d maps? Apparently a so waited turn by turn navigation like sreet view but instead of photos you ll have 3d buildings.So no need for google s street view.And of course only the “new iphone” will be able to run this feature (Don’t get me wrong, the new map app will come to other iphone models but not with turn by turn navigation as it will need more -supposedly- processing power)

  • Anonymous

    It looks a lot like bing maps. I take it we will lose street view. I hope they keep google maps as a option that we can still keep.

  • Tom

    I agree that I would take turn-by-turn navigation over 3D view, but who is to say that iOS6 won’t have both?

    I really hope it does.