iOS 6 Beta: First Look
The Maps app reflects perhaps the single biggest improvement in iOS 6. Here, Apple did two important things: First, it ditched Google Maps--the software hadn't seen an iOS update since its original introduction in 2008, when it was released with the iPhone 3G. Getting rid of Google Maps and developing its own local search, directions, and turn-by-turn navigation is an important step for Apple. Second, Apple partnered with the well-respected TomTom to provide the map data.