iOS 6 Set to Boot in Google Maps; Foxconn Chief Confirms Apple iTV; Apple Teases iCloud Beta Website, Reveals Notes, Reminders Web Apps, Affirms iOS 6 Beta

In an interview published in China Daily, Chairman of Foxconn, Terry Gou, confirms today that his company is making preparations for an Apple television set called "iTV." Gou also states that neither development nor manufacturing has begun. Apparently, per China Daily at least, the television set will have an aluminum construction, Siri voice controls and […]

In an interview published in China Daily, Chairman of Foxconn, Terry Gou, confirms today that his company is making preparations for an Apple television set called "iTV." Gou also states that neither development nor manufacturing has begun.

Apparently, per China Daily at least, the television set will have an aluminum construction, Siri voice controls and FaceTime video calling.

Gou said Foxconn is making preparations for iTV, Apple Inc's rumored upcoming high-definition television, although development or manufacturing has yet to begin.

iTV reportedly features an aluminum construction, Siri, and FaceTime video calling.

In other Apple news, the cupertino company intends to replace the current data of the Google Maps in the iOS with its in-house default Maps application with the upcoming iOS.

9to5 Mac was the first to report this news, and later John Paczkowski of AllThingsD confirmed the switch.

Ever since the first iPhone launched in 2007, the iOS platform used Google Maps as the backend of Apple's mapping application. Now this new rumor claims that for iOS 6, Apple's new mapping program will include features like an improved 3D mode using software from C3 Technologies, which Apple acquired in 2011. The new mapping app is also supposed to include Apple's version of Google Street View.

"First of all, iOS 6, which is expected to be shown off in developer preview form at WWDC in June, is internally codenamed "Sundance". Second, while Paczkowski's source said the new maps functionality will "blow your head off", I've been told that's a bit of hyperbole (you think?). Specifically, while the 3D functionality is cool, it's also not something people are going to use regularly. Think of it like Google Street View -- cool, but how often do you actually use it when compared to the regular Google Maps product? (Having said that, I still expect Apple's 3D maps to be cooler than Google Street View.)"

Here is a mockup screen showing the user-enabled 3D mode on Apple Maps (on the right)

Apple Maps with 3D mode mockup

Also, Apple is busy testing new features for its iCloud.com website including iOS 5 like notification banners, alongwith the expanded web-application library.

If you head to beta.icloud.com, you will see a beta-version of the iCloud.com website sporadically that includes new Reminders and Notes applications. Currently, we are unable to login.

Also, direct references to an upcoming iOS 6 beta in the code strings for this iCloud beta has been discovered. From what we assume, it looks like Apple is going to unleash a new beta version of iCloud.com at WWDC and require the iOS 6 beta to run it:

There is also a developer.icloud.com page.

iCloud Beta Website  : Screen 1

iCloud.com Beta website : Screen 2