WWDC 2012: Apple Signs Deal with TomTom, Dumps Google

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After dropped Google's Maps application from its iOS devices, Apple announced its own navigation version at the on-going Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2012. Now, in-car navigation firm TomTom has let the cat out of the bag by revealing that it has signed a deal with Apple to license maps.

"TomTom has signed a global agreement with Apple for maps and related information. No further details of the agreement will be provided," in-car navigation firm said in a press release.

Just on the heels of Google announcing its plan to add 3D models to entire metropolitan areas to Google Earth on mobile devices by using planes, reports of Apple dumping Google's Maps application from its iOS devices surfaced.

Apple on Monday introduced its next generation operating software iOS 6 at its five-day annual WWDC 2012, which kick started at San Francisco's Moscone West on June 11.

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Apple unveiled iOS 6, introducing over 200 new features to the world's most advanced mobile operating system. iOS 6 will be available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall as a free software update. Its features include an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover view.

"iOS 6 continues the rapid pace of innovation that is helping Apple reinvent the phone and create the iPad category, delivering the best mobile experience available on any device," said Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iOS Software.

"We can't wait for hundreds of millions of iOS users to experience the incredible new features in iOS 6 including the new Maps app, expanded Siri support, deep Facebook integration, Shared Photo Streams and the innovative new Passbook app," he added.

Additional new iOS 6 features include:

-           enhancements to Safari, the world's most popular mobile browser, such as iCloud tabs, offline reading lists, photo uploads and full screen view;

-           support for FaceTime calls over cellular networks;

-           the ability to set up a VIP Mailbox, making it easier to quickly view messages from important people you designate as VIPs;

-           the option to decline incoming calls with a quick message, set a callback reminder and enable a new Do Not Disturb option; and

-           a whole new set of improvements and services specifically for iOS users in China, such as improved text input and built-in support for popular Chinese services including Baidu, Sina Weibo, Youku and Tudou.

Availability

The iOS 6 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iOS 6 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch (fourth generation) this fall. Some features may not be available on all products.

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