The official website of Apple may notice a very important clue, further proof that Apple wants to gradually abandon the Google maps in iOS: the company has uploaded on its servers, web images of Google map data for the new iPad , and then choose not to publish them.
In the section devoted to the functions of the new iPad, Apple has published a series of images to compare the graphics of the iPad 2 with that of the new device. The site contains three applications chosen for this comparison: iBooks, Photos and Mail.
Displaying the names of these images, you can immediately notice that Apple has included identification numbers for each app, such as tagging images of iBooks with the number “1″ images and photos with the number “2″. Images from Mail, however, are identified with the number “4″, hinting that the various choices app to compare two iPad one is missing, the number “3″.
This means that the images labeled with the number “3″ was originally chosen to be uploaded to the site, only to be left out of the promotional materials dedicated to the new iPad. In fact, by manually entering the name “retina_gallery_3 ‘next to the section of the Apple site on any web browser you have access to the images that the company did not want to publish. And these pictures are for your Maps application, where there still exist mappings Google (not used, instead of iPhoto for iOS).
The exclusion of these images from the promotional material for the new iPad is a very important clue that makes you understand how Apple is planning the transition of iOS from Google maps in a mapping solution homemade.
We know, for example, that since 2009 Apple has been working on this type of mapping independent of Google and 2012 could be the right year for the official presentation.