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Report: Apple Removing Google Maps from iPhone, iPad

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Apple is reportedly looking to eliminate Google Maps from its devices.

Citing current and former Apple employees, the Wall Street Journal says the company plans to remove the maps app, which is currently preloaded on iPhones and iPads, and replace it with a new service that runs Apple's own technology.  The move is said to be happening later this year.

One person familiar with the matter tells the newspaper the new software could be introduced as early as next week when Apple holds its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

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