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Apple adopts TomTom for mapping service, gives Google the boot

Dutch automotive navigation systems manufacturer TomTom has signed a deal with Apple to license its maps and global navigation data for the company's newly announced iOS6 maps app.

Leaked images from an iOS 6 developer beta on an iPhone 4S have reportedly revealed that the new maps application will integrate "data from TomTom, others."

The confirmation comes after Apple revealed at WWDC that the next iteration of its mobile operating system will see Google Maps get the boot as its primary mapping app.

Apple has said its mobile mapping service will feature turn-by-turn navigation for users of the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and new iPad, as well as offer 3D mapping and support for voice commands through Siri. The integrated Siri functionality will allow the digital assistant to plan trips, answer questions and locate nearby amenities like gas stations.

TomTom, which has had a wildly popular navigation app and car kit available for the iPhone since 2009, saw a 15 per cent boost in its share prices following the announcement.

The confirmation that Google will no longer be iOS' default mapping service suggests that the growing rivalry between the two tech giants will continue to get heated as they compete in a number of areas.