Rumors of Apple planning to introduce its own maps app first surfaced last month. Sources from the web are saying that Apple has a headline feature for iOS 6, most specifically, a maps app that will allegedly ditch Google Maps from the iOS platform. But as far as the subject is concerned, we haven’t really confirmed the rumors. Today, however, the Wall Street Journal is saying that Apple is replacing the default Google Maps service within its iOS operating system in exchange for its own mapping solution. A former Apple employee allegedly told the Wall Street Journal that Apple will oust Google Maps later this year as the preloaded and default maps app on the iPhone and iPad

“Apple could preview the new software, which will be part of its next mobile-operating system, as soon as next week at its annual developer conference in San Francisco. Apple plans to encourage app developers to embed its maps inside their applications like social-networking and search services,” the Wall Street Journal said. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we can safely conclude that Apple has a maps app of its own. After all, rumors are rumors. But the Wall Street Journal’s report today does tend to strengthen the assumption. We’ll see what Apple has in store for us next week. For now, let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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