At the launch of the iPhone, Apple and Google were best of friends and it wasn’t unusual that many Google apps found their way into the base IOS image (Youtube, Maps, etc). A short while after this lovefest (aka the release of Android), their relationship hit an all time low and Steeve vowed to use every last cent to squash Android.
9to5mac is now reporting that IOS version 6 will now replace the maps application with an in house Apple built product derived from their purchase of Placebase, C3 Technologies and Poly9. Their insider source said that it was cleaner and faster than Google maps while delivering a more reliable experience enhanced by a 3D-mode.
Most analysts believe IOS 6 will be announced at their WorldWide Developer Conference in June so stay tune.