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Apple Maps Loch Ness Monster

Finally, Apple Maps is good for something

April 18th, 2014

Sure, Apple Maps might send you into a death trap in the Australian outback or onto an airport runway, but it does do things that other mapping services don’t, such as being able to find imaginary monsters. AppleInsider points out that hunters of the Loch Ness Monster claim that they found an image of the …

Apple Maps Search Engine

Searching on Apple Maps is about to get a lot more reliable

April 8th, 2014

The search engine in Apple’s iOS Maps definitely leaves much to be desired but 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reports that the company has made a key move that will make searches on the application much more reliable going forward. One of Gurman’s sources says that Apple has recently hired Benoit Dupin, the former vice president of Amazon A9′s Search …

Apple BroadMap Catch Acquisitions

Two new secret Apple acquisitions reportedly uncovered [updated]

December 23rd, 2013

Apple is not giving up on its quest to make iOS Maps more useable. 9to5Mac reports that Apple has bought up two more companies that could help improve iOS Maps: Mapping firm BroadMap, whose technology has been used by applications such as Nokia HERE and MapQuest; and Catch, a popular note-taking app that competes with Evernote.

Apple Maps iOS Market Share

Apple Maps may have been worth the PR nightmare after all

November 11th, 2013

Apple’s iOS Maps service was so bad when it launched in 2012 that CEO Tim Cook actually issued a formal apology for it. Just over a year later, however, it looks as though Apple’s iOS Maps PR debacle may have been worthwhile for the company after all. The Guardian points out that new data from …

Apple M7 Processor Analysis

Apple has big plans for its M7 dedicated motion co-processor

September 13th, 2013

While the iPhone 5s’s 64-bit A7 processor has received the lion’s share of attention, 9to5Mac points out that we should take a look at the device’s M7 dedicated motion co-processor as well. As Apple describes it, the M7 is technology that “knows when you’re walking, running, or even driving” and can do things like automatically …

Apple Maps iOS 7 Connection

How the Apple Maps fiasco paved the way for Jony Ive’s iOS 7

August 23rd, 2013

The most interesting tidbit from Reuters’ new profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook is about his response to the infamous iOS Maps fiasco and how it paved the way for a major review of Apple’s mobile operating system. According to Reuters‘ sources, Cook bypassed the advice of former iOS boss Scott Forstall when he issued a …

Facebook reportedly hires former Apple Maps boss

Facebook reportedly hires former Apple Maps boss

April 17th, 2013

iOS Maps was obviously not one of Apple’s better efforts but that doesn’t mean the executive who oversaw its implementation has nothing to contribute to the tech world. Bloomberg reports that Facebook has hired Richard Williamson, the former Apple executive who headed the development of the ill-fated iOS Maps, to work as part of its mobile …

Apple WifiSLAM Acquisition

Apple buys indoor mapping company in latest bid to improve iOS Maps

March 26th, 2013

Apple (AAPL) is still plugging away in its efforts to improve its widely panned iOS Maps application and on Monday it paid an estimated $20 million to acquire indoor mapping company WifiSLAM. The Wall Street Journal reports that WifiSLAM “has developed ways for mobile apps to detect a phone user’s location in a building using Wi-Fi …

Apple Maps Job Postings

Apple still seeking fresh bodies to help clean up iOS Maps

February 20th, 2013

It seems that Apple (AAPL) isn’t done yet bringing on new people to help fix iOS Maps. AppleInsider reports that Apple has posted “seven map-related job listings” on its corporate website over just the past two days alone. The blog says that one particularly interesting posting is for “a computer-vision expert, who will take on improving Flyover, …