Tag Archive for ‘Apple Maps’

Apple Maps in iOS 11 ➝

Jim Dalrymple:

Apple Maps now has lane guidance in iOS 11 and it works perfectly. I haven’t taken a trip to LA since I’ve been using it, but I have gone to a couple of places I hadn’t been before and it worked just as I expected.

Maps now also shows you what turn is coming up next. For example, on the top of the mapping screen it will show that you need to make a left hand turn—directly under that, it will show you that your next turn is a right. This helps you determine which lane you should be in.

My wife and I take several road trips throughout the year and rely on Apple Maps for turn-by-turn navigation. These improvements will make for a much more enjoyable experience while driving. I can’t wait to use them.

Apple Maps Used Three Times as Often as Next Leading Competitor ➝

Anick Jesdanun, writing for Associated Press:

Apple Maps quickly became the butt of jokes when it debuted in 2012. It overlooked many towns and businesses and misplaced famous landmarks. It marked New York’s Madison Square Garden arena as park space because of the word “Garden.” The service was a rare blunder for a company known for simple, easy-to-use products.

It’s a different story three years later.

Apple fixed errors as users submitted them. It quietly bought several mapping companies, mostly for their engineers and other talent. This fall, it added transit directions for several major cities, narrowing a major gap with Google. Apple Maps is now used more widely than Google Maps on iPhones.

Its amazing how widely used iOS’ default apps are.

Apple Maps Now Using Foursquare Data ➝

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:

As of October, Foursquare has become one of the companies that contribute data to Apple’s Maps app, providing information on “Business listings data.” This likely includes details on restaurants, retail stores, and other venues, given Foursquare’s focus on unearthing the “best places to eat, drink, shop, or visit in any city in the world.”

This will undoubtedly improve Apple’s business listing data, which by all accounts, is still lagging behind Google’s offering.

Apple Maps and the Long Road Back ➝

Matt Hauger:

I’d even identified the perfect test case. The West Virginia Division of Highways just opened a five-mile stretch of highway near our home in the Potomac Highlands. “Surely,” I thought, “Google will incorporate this new route before Apple.” […]

I was wrong. Firing up both apps on my iPhone last night, I was surprised to find that Apple had discovered the new four-lane stretch before Google.

My fiancée and I used Apple Maps to navigate from upstate New York, to Gettysburg, to Philadelphia, and back this past weekend. My experience with Maps has been nothing but positive since it first launched in 2012, but this was the first trip that we relied on it as our only mapping application — usually we use TomTom to do most of the heavy lifting. Whether we were traveling on the back roads of central Pennsylvania or the busy traffic of Philadelphia, Maps handled it all without a hitch.

Apple Maps Vehicles ➝

From a newly published page on Apple.com:

Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps. Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates.

We are committed to protecting your privacy while collecting this data. For example, we will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication.

The page also displays a list of cities that these vehicles will be driving in next.

There’s a lot of speculation that Apple is going to be using this data to introduce a street view-like feature, but I think we’ll be seeing these images first appear at the top of business listings in Apple Maps. Currently, these images are being provided by Yelp and are often of poor quality.