The rumor mill has been discussing the possibility of Apple introducing its own Maps application for iOS devices since it acquired Placebase and Plogy9. Various job postings by Apple in the past fueled speculation about new mapping services however, the Cupertino Calif., based company might not be ready for it just yet.
9to5Google earlier today reported that according to their sources Apple will enhance the native Maps application in iOS 5 but will continue to use Google’s mapping services.
Now, sources have told 9to5Google that although Apple is working to improve the iOS Maps application, iOS 5 will not bring an Apple developed maps service and Google Maps is still in. Besides Apple’s purchase of both Placebase and Poly9, some speculated that Apple is building their own maps service to either compete with Google or step away from their input into iOS.
Apple recently confirmed that the company is gathering crowd-sourced location data which suggests that an in-house mapping service could be in the works.
During WWDC 2011 Apple is expected to announce iOS 5 features and share the release date for Mac OS X Lion. Unlike previous developer conferences the company is focusing on software updates rather than introducing the next gen iPhone.