Apple dropping Google Maps n favure of thier own version. 1st reason is that they don't get all the features available on Android. 2nd is usability improvements as AppleMaps will use vector graphics meaning less downloading and less bandwidth usage (Google maps uses Bitmap tiles).
All in al, this news definitely seems to me to add up to Apple removing ties with Google who are a big competitor in the mobile OS market.
Ha ha ha. It means the maps on your phone won't try to load loads of new squares when you zoom in and out. Instead, they will resize gracefully. You won't need to wait a billion years waiting for your map to load all the time, basically.
Greenlantern101 that is insane. I don't know how does it work in the UK but in Canada if you commit to a 3-year contract (I know, I know almost like selling your soul) you will get an iPhone 4 with zero up-front payment (notice I didn't say it was free?)