Since its 2007 launch, Apple’s iPhone has featured Google’s mapping software on its home screen, allowing iPhone owners to quickly find directions and see nearby terrain. Those days are over. On June 11 at the annual geek hajj known as Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple Senior Vice President Scott Forstall announced a long-expected divorce: Google Maps has been ousted as a default app on the iPhone and iPad in favor of Apple’s home-cooked alternative.
Once iOS 6 launches in late summer, Apple can put it’s reliance upon Google mapping in its iOS devices firmly behind it and start the competition for real.
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