Since the announcement of iOS 6, Apple has already released two beta versions of their mobile operating system to developers. Although it is still far from perfect, the upcoming mobile OS showed slight improvements on its applications, especially their new native Maps app. But it looks like the app doesn’t only have a couple of enhancements.
Maps App on Mac, Anyone?
Developer Cody Cooper discovered a code dump in the new Maps application found on Apple’s iOS 6 beta. The code mentions a set of Intel-based graphics chipset that can be found in the Mac hardware. In relation to this, there were speculations that the Maps application would not be limited on the iPhone and iPad.
Additionally, it was discovered that the code disabled features like shading on a couple of Intel graphics chipsets. According to Cooper, some older Intel chipsets have poor support for shading, which is why the company would want to disable the said feature for some Macs. On the other hand, a mention of the ATI Radeon chipset was not found.
The code dump that has been found in the iOS beta suggests that Apple may have plans of bringing the Maps application to Mac OS X. The app will replace the same app created by Google, which is found in every version of the mobile operating system. However, there were claims that the code dump might be related to iPhone simulator to ensure proper rendering of Maps.
Maps for iOS vs. Google Maps
Apple’s new Map for iOS was first introduced last month, during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. It features crowd-sourced traffic service, turn-by-turn navigation, and integrated user review from Yelp. The app also has a Siri integration, which enables users to ask directions or search for point of interest using their voice. Apple’s Map for iOS also features the “Flyover” that has detailed 3D models of cities from around the world.
On the other hand, Google announced the enhancements they rolled out for their own mapping software just days before the WWDC 2012. They also have their own 3D mapping images and plans to map communities that are home to 300 million people by the end of the year.
Apple’s iOS 6 is set to be released this fall, while the Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is expected to launch later this month. Whether the Maps application will be part of the next Mac OS or not remains to be seen.