Here’s How To Use iOS 6’s Amazing 3D Maps Without iOS 6

Here’s How To Use iOS 6’s Amazing 3D Maps Without iOS 6

Nokia's 3D Maps Are Nearly Identical To Apple's.

Apple touts their new 3D maps in iOS 6 as being brand new, but as it turns out, Nokia — of all companies! — beat them to it. That’s right, if you head over to maps.nokia.com right now, you can use what is essentially iOS 6 maps from your desktop browser.

Nokia’s maps are not only powered by C3 technologies, the same company that Apple purchased back in October, but they also behave almost identically to what you’ll find in iOS 6, offering the exact same controls, except without the multi-touch support. The maps even render in the same fashion as they do on iOS.

To run these 3D maps on your own computer, all you’ll need to do is install a small, 8.4MB maps plugin. On the maps page, just roll over the “map view” menu on the right hand side of the screen, and select “Get Maps 3D.” You will be guided to a page where you can download the plugin, assuming you are using a supported browser.

Google Chrome seems to work the best, although I’ve found that the performance of maps in iOS 6 is generally still better. It also appears that Apple’s maps provide a greater amount of detail than Nokia’s solution, although the difference is negligible. One thing Nokia has implemented that I wish Apple would pick up is the ability to choose from a list of predefined 3D cities, offering easy access to every area available in 3D.

Regardless, this is a neat way to experience  what you can expect to see from iOS 6, which won’t debut until this fall.

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  • drblank

    For how long is Nokia going to have this 3D maps since Apple bought out C3?

  • joewaylo

    For how long is Nokia going to have this 3D maps since Apple bought out C3?

    Until Apple reads this post and goes “oops” then bans Nokia from the C3 servers. Only a matter of time until C3 is renamed Apple, Inc.

  • Julien Anton DeFrancisco

    This is well and good but how do I power my 24″ iMac in the car?

  • Solowalker

    For how long is Nokia going to have this 3D maps since Apple bought out C3?

    For how long is Nokia going to have this 3D maps since Apple bought out C3?

    Until Apple reads this post and goes “oops” then bans Nokia from the C3 servers. Only a matter of time until C3 is renamed Apple, Inc.

    No, actually. Most of these types of things have legal agreements attached. Just because Apple bought C3 doesn’t mean all previous contracts are null and void. It could be another year or two before the contract expires and Apple may have to honor those agreements until then. Only after they expire can they re-negotiate or just pull Nokia’s access to the tech.

  • Ajay Marconi

    Download iOS 6 here – http://www.iOS6Beta.com

  • Stefan Verhoeff

    Even better, the upcoming version is based on WebGL so does not need a plugin at all. Have a peek at: http://maps.nokia.com/webgl/

  • haikus

    Hi guys, this is Pino from Nokia.
    We have a contract with C3, so nothing hasn’t changed and nothing is going to change on maps.nokia.com.
    Actually, we are investing on this and other technologies to expand coverage and features.
    For example, plan a drive route in one of the 3D cities, you can even get an animated 3D preview of it.
    More info are on conversations.nokia.com/location

  • joegrivois

    The plug-in does not work on my end.

  • joegrivois

    The plug-in does not work on my end.

  • nrkmann

    I has to work better than the crippled Google Maps on the iPhone. GM on the iPhone was one big disappointment when I switched from an Android phone.

  • Timo Pitkäranta

    Please do not compare disasterous iOS 6 Maps to Nokia 3D Maps. Unlike Nokia, Apple does not know what the hell they are doing.

    http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/how-bad-is-apples-ios6-maps-disaster.php
    http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com/post/32046614208/comparing-ios-6-map-image-of-brooklyn-bridge

  • BPowell

    I work with a company that uses imagery, such as is available from satellites to do essentially what C3 does. Perhaps Nokia should speak with us. We are looking for a commercial partner of this technology we developed for the US DoD.

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