iOS 6 Maps Show London In 3D: Gallery

See the Shard, St Paul’s and Tower Bridge as they appear on Apple Maps

Last week, Apple released the “Gold Master” version of the upcoming iOS 6 to developers, ahead of the consumer launch on 19 September. Among other interesting additions to the system was the all-new iOS 6 Maps app – Apple’s own attempt at creating navigation software.

TechWeekEurope has received a batch of screenshots of the app from our partners at, and we can now show you how Apple presents London in 3D.

London, according to Apple

Apple announced it would ditch the Google Maps for iOS, and replace it with its own creation at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Customers were promised “vector-based map elements” and a Flyover feature with photo-realistic interactive 3D views.

Maps would also include real-time traffic information and data – for local searches – on more than 100 million businesses, including info cards tied to Yelp ratings, reviews, photos and deals.

Last week, Apple confirmed that most of the new features included in iOS 6 would be coming to theUK, including turn-by-turn navigation, directions and traffic information.

And here are the all-important screenshots. You can see landmarks including the Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge:


One of the important departures from Google Maps is the complete absence of pedestrians and vehicles on the streets. While Google had to create an algorithm which would blur the faces of people and the number plates of cars, Apple has done something to completely remove moving objects from its Maps, only leaving a slight ghost trail.

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