Developer Cody Cooper has found something interesting in Apple’s new iOS maps. Judging from some code in the app, Apple’s maps might be coming to desktop computers — iMacs, MacBooks, and maybe PCs — some time soon.
The code refers to Intel processors and disables shading in the maps app. That’s because Intel’s integrated graphics, while much improved, are not very good at shading. So any shading would probably be disabled, or done software-side or server-side.
Moving away from the Google Maps data that’s fuelled the iOS Maps app for years to implement in-house maps is a bold move for Apple. Shifting them to desktop Mac clients would make sense with a lot of Apple’s other projects, such as Find My Friends and iPhoto.