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Apple's eagerly anticipated iOS 6 Maps app coming this summer

Apple is currently putting the final touches on its redesigned iOS Maps application, which will likely be released this summer and include an updated user interface and colour scheme, according to a new report.

On Tuesday, BGR released a handful of grainy photos obtained from a "trusted source," that purportedly show the new iOS 6 Maps app Apple will unveil alongside iOS 6 next month. According to BGR, the new Maps app will have a silver colour scheme, instead of the current blue.

The most impressive new feature is said to be 3D mode, which could be added as an optional mapping layer, like the existing traffic, satellite, hybrid, and list layers. Users will be able to access a new 3D mode by peeling back the lower right corner of Maps. Once enabled, you'll be able to switch in and out of 3D mode by pressing a 3D icon on the lower left-hand corner.

In addition to the leaked photos, BGR put together a rough mock-up showing what to expect from the refreshed app.

Word first spread earlier this month that Apple plans to overhaul the Maps app in the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. The Cupertino tech giant is said to be ditching Google's mapping data in favour of an in-house maps solution.

The technology will be made possible thanks to a trio of acquisitions Apple has made in recent years - Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9. Rumours about Apple ditching Google for its own mapping solution made the rounds in October when the C3 purchase was reported.

Further details about iOS 6 are expected at next month's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which kicks off 11 June in San Francisco.

Source: BGR

Photo credit: BGR