Apple has been working for years to pull together the pieces to launch its own mapping services for the iPhone. The company has made a range of acquisitions with this in mind, starting with Placebase, C3 and Poly9.
Most recently traces of the system were discovered within the iPhoto app for iOS. That's the thin end of the wedge, maps used were low on data and imagery used was pretty basic. The data for these maps (available inside the Places function, is provided by OpenStreetMaps).
If you were looking at the maps inside iPhoto you'll likely have felt they offer nothing more appealing than Google Maps -- pictorially lacking, to say the least. This changes soon as the new Apple maps introduce what 9to5Mac calls an "incredible 3D mode".
That report has since been confirmed by AllThingsD, which says their sources describe the new Maps app as a leading feature of iOS 6, one designed to, "blow your head off."Read »