Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac:
Apple will drop the Google Maps program running on iOS since 2007 in favor for a new Maps app with an Apple backend. The application design is said to be fairly similar to the current Google Maps program on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but it is described as a much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience.
It’s been no secret that Apple have wanted to break any reliance on Google for any core services. It’s also been no secret that Apple have been working on their own mapping service for quite some time. So, whilst this comes as no real surprise, it is still a pretty significant step.
If the above report is correct, the transition away from Google Maps will happen with the next version of iOS due out later this year.