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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 →
Though Apple Maps has improved considerably over the past few years, it’s rather surprising, if not downright disappointing, that Apple still hasn’t incorporated built-in transit directions into the app. The omission is even more glaring considering that Google Maps has had such a feature for years.
That said, a recently posted job listing on Apple’s website may hint at the fact that iOS 9 may finally be when Apple gets around to integrating oh so helpful bus and train directions into its homegrown maps app.
Apple has significantly improved its Maps software since its rocky initial launch, though it might be a while until it’s able to dethrone Google Maps. Even so, the iPhone maker is continuously updating Apple Maps, with a new report revealing that Apple Maps users are now able to enjoy a terrific new feature. More →
Apple appears to have removed Google from one crucial iPhone online service that many people have used to track down a lost or stolen iPhone, 9to5Mac reports. The Find My iPhone/iPad/Mac feature, if enabled, allows users to precisely locate a missing Apple device on a map and take appropriate action. More →
Apple Maps still might not be the best mobile mapping service available for the iPhone, but Apple is doing everything in its power to give its users a reason to stick with the first-party app. The team at Apple Maps Marketing reports that it attempted to submit a client with a few hundred locations to the Apple Maps Connect service, but was rejected as Apple is only accepting submissions involving at least 1,000 locations. More →