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Here’s why Apple Maps in iOS 10 is going to be amazing

By on August 18, 2016 at 4:10 PM.

Here’s why Apple Maps in iOS 10 is going to be amazing

The launch of Apple Maps in iOS 6 wasn’t exactly a smooth affair. Plagued by what seemed like an endless stream of bugs, usability issues and embarrassingly inaccurate mapping information, the first incarnation of Apple Maps is often viewed — deservedly so — as one of the biggest flops to ever come out of 1 Infinite loop.

Apple of course wasn’t oblivious to the shortcomings that initially accompanied its in-house mapping software. Reflecting back on the matter, Apple executive Eddy Cue recently admitted that he and other higher-ups at Apple were embarrassed by the ordeal. With the company’s reputation for excellence on the line, Apple decided, in the words of Craig Federighi, to “triple down” on their mapping efforts. And in the years that have since passed, the progress Apple has made is overwhelmingly clear.

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Apple says iOS public betas only exist because Apple Maps sucked so bad

By on August 8, 2016 at 1:40 PM.

Apple says iOS public betas only exist because Apple Maps sucked so bad

Although hypercritical analysts and bloggers will try to convince you otherwise, the inevitable dip in iPhone sales isn’t really much of a catastrophe for Apple. Of course the company would have preferred to keep the streak alive, but shares are back over $100, the Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market and the iPhone 7 is the most anticipated phone of the year.

In other words, this isn’t exactly the end times, but in a recent interview with Fast Company, Apple’s senior vice president Eddy Cue recounted a genuine disaster that the company had to deal with a few years ago.

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Can Apple Maps finally compete with Google Maps and Waze?

By on June 14, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

Can Apple Maps finally compete with Google Maps and Waze?

When Apple unleashed its homegrown Maps app with the release of iOS 6, the app was famously plagued by a seemingly endless stream of bugs, usability problems, and above all else, inaccurate mapping directions. Compounding matters was the fact that Apple Maps lacked many basic features found in competing app programs, with transit directions being a prime example.

But as the years passed by, Apple Maps quietly got a lot better: mapping directions improved and Apple finally rolled out integrated transit directions with iOS 9 last year. But it’s not as if Apple Maps existed in a vacuum, which is to say that competing programs like Google Maps and Waze did not sit idly by while Apple Maps improved. As far as Apple Maps has come in recent years, many people are still beholden to Google and Waze.

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Apple’s fleet of mapping vans may point to an exciting new iOS 10 feature

By on February 12, 2016 at 10:06 AM.

Apple’s fleet of mapping vans may point to an exciting new iOS 10 feature

Apple Maps famously got off to a rocky start, but Apple over the past two years has done a respectable job of fleshing out new mapping features while simultaneously fixing a number of usability issues that plagued the app at launch.

Most recently, Apple with iOS 9 finally added built-in transit directions to its homegrown mapping app, at long last incorporating a feature that was previously available in Google Maps for years.

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Apple Maps might be getting one of the best Google Maps features

By on January 26, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Apple Maps might be getting one of the best Google Maps features

iPhone users can still install Google Maps on their devices but more iPhone owners these days actually use Apple Maps. In Apple’s defense, Apple Maps has improved significantly over the years and now it looks like Apple is working on bringing one of the most popular Google Maps features to its product. More →

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Apple Maps now 3x more popular than Google Maps among iOS users

By on December 9, 2015 at 11:30 PM.

Apple Maps now 3x more popular than Google Maps among iOS users

The original launch of Apple Maps was far from a rousing success. Though Apple may have initially been hoping to give Google a run for its money, the first iteration of Apple Maps was famously plagued by bugs and laughably inaccurate mapping directions. Compounding matters was that Apple Maps’ feature set at the time didn’t even include transit directions, thus relegating it to more of a curiosity or second-option than a legit contender to Google’s throne.

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Apple Maps may finally start giving Google a run for its money

By on September 21, 2015 at 7:10 PM.

Apple Maps may finally start giving Google a run for its money

The launch of Apple Maps was famously plagued by a number of frustrating bugs, including inaccurate mapping directions, Salvador Dali-esque satellite photos, and completely misplaced landmarks.

As a personal example which highlights Apple Maps’ quirky early behavior, I remember once instance where I used Apple Maps en route to a wedding only to wind up in a school parking lot. Thankfully I had Google Maps on standby and managed to get back on the right track.

But Apple Maps, much like Siri, has improved rather steadily and quietly over the past few years. While there is obviously still room for improvement, using Apple Maps is hardly the roll of the dice that it was just a few years back. And now, with the launch of iOS 9, the notion of Apple Maps going head to head with Google Maps isn’t as laughable as it once was.

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Apple Maps might soon be available on Android phones

By on June 3, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Apple Maps might soon be available on Android phones

Apple Maps isn’t the Google Maps rival some users would love it to be, but the company has certainly improved the service over the years. In fact, Apple Maps might soon compete against even better against Google Maps by launching on other mobile and PC platforms instead than being exclusive to iOS and OS X. More →

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Revealed: Apple’s plan to leapfrog Google Maps

By on May 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM.

Revealed: Apple’s plan to leapfrog Google Maps

Even the most hardened of Apple fans has to admit that Apple Maps simply can’t hold a candle to Google Maps. Though Apple’s own Maps app has improved drastically since its 2012 introduction, the software still lacks a number of basic features — such as transit directions — one would expect to see in modern mapping software.

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iOS 9 to give Apple Maps a badly needed feature that Google’s had for years

By on May 21, 2015 at 2:07 PM.

iOS 9 to give Apple Maps a badly needed feature that Google’s had for years

Apple Maps has had its fair share of issues over the years, but one of the most disappointing aspects of the service is its lack of directions for those of us who regularly use transit systems to get around. As a resident of New York City, Apple Maps just isn’t a feasible option for me at the moment (even if it did function properly), but according to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, transit support is finally coming to Apple Maps alongside the iOS 9 update next month.

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Video: HBO’s Silicon Valley reveals the worst insult you can give a product: ‘Apple Maps bad’

By on May 19, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Video: HBO’s Silicon Valley reveals the worst insult you can give a product: ‘Apple Maps bad’

If you haven’t yet watched the brilliance that is HBO’s Silicon Valley, do yourself a favor and start tuning in. While the show is funny in its own right, it’s especially funny for anyone with even a passing interest in tech culture.

In case you missed it, last week’s episode of Silicon Valley had a little bit of fun at Apple’s expense.

The setup for the Apple-related humor is as follows: When a Nucleus backed UFC livestream goes awry, Nucleus CEO Gavin Belson demands answers.

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Apple’s latest acquisition could be its most important buy in years

By on May 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Apple’s latest acquisition could be its most important buy in years

A recent Apple acquisition may soon make Apple Maps the most accurate mobile mapping software on the market. Originally spotted by MacRumors, and subsequently confirmed via The New York Times, Apple recently acquired Coherent Navigation, a mapping company founded in 2008 that specializes in incredibly accurate and precise GPS software and systems.

The report notes that Coherent Navigation uniquely focuses on a technology it calls High Integrity GPS, otherwise known as iGPS. iGPS works by combining satellite information from mid-earth GPS satellites with data from “low-earth satellites of voice and data provider Iridium.” The result is mapping software which boasts “greater accuracy, precision, higher signal integrity, and greater jam resistance.”

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Apple can’t be this desperate to fix iOS Maps… can it?

By on April 23, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Apple can’t be this desperate to fix iOS Maps… can it?

It’s been two-and-a-half years since the launch of Apple’s own iOS Maps app and Apple is still regularly acquiring new companies and asking for others to pitch in to help fix its assorted problems. Nonetheless, we can’t imagine Apple would be desperate enough to fix iOS Maps that it would purchase Nokia’s failed HERE Maps app… can it? More →

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