Apple Maps: turn-by-turn GPS, 3D Flyovers, Siri integration, traffic layers

By , Jun 11, 2012

Apple just unveiled the new Maps at WWDC in San Francisco, nuking Google Maps out of the orbit. It’s got everything a mapping app should have, including turn-by-turn GPS, voice commands and spoken directions, detailed traffic layers and of course that rumored three-dimensional view bound to knock your socks off…

Apple’s new Maps app finally supports turn-by-turn navigation. It’s got Yelp integrate in it and features over a hundred million business listings right off the bat.

Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature.1 All of which may just make this app the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever.

Here’s turn-by-turn in action.

But Apple isn’t stopping there. The new Maps features useful incident reports.

We’re also building a traffic service.

This is what traffic incidents look like.

What Apple meant by “building a traffic service” is that they’re collecting anonymous, real-time, crowd-source data on the traffic conditions.

Coupled with turn-by-turn navigation, you can now be alerted if a faster route is available due to traffic conditions and these alerts can appear even on the lock screen.

And of course, the new Maps app enables voice features through Siri integration.

You can ask questions like where can I get gas.

Uh-oh, goodbye Google Maps.

As for the new 3D view, it’s called Flyover.

Forstall noted it’s an eye-candy.

Now a really fun feature that we’re adding to our app is something called flyover.

And here it is in action on the iPhone.

This is all being rendered in real-time, mind you.

We’ve been building up 3D models of cities around the world.

If I were Google, I’d be very concerned.

And this is what the breathtaking Flyover mode in the new Maps looks like on the iPad.

You can rotate to see sides of buildings, switch between 2D and 3D modes and access the usual satellite imagery.

Best of all, it looks like the new Maps app will provide directions and local search for countries outside of the United States, and so would Siri.

Was it everything you hoped for?

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  • Ernesto Carrillo

    Awesome!!!

  • Jobran

    they didnt mention if its gonna be worldwide ? is it gonna work in Israel ? for example..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Felipe-Lopez/1608523380 Felipe Lopez

      Read the article

      • Jobran

        Outside the Us.. well yeah.. Israel is not Canada or England..
        we got bing maps only this year
        and google maps in third party apps only a year ago..
        it is not clear if apple is going to cover all the countries that google maps do…
        Am I wrong ?

      • Bob6666

        Get the fuck out of Palestine you filthy jew.

    • YujinNY

      Some countries are hard to get info on..since stuff blows up weekly…but most important reason..you ain’t important enough or your population is very small…so start fucking…

  • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

    Holy crap thats rendered in real time?! It looks like pictures! Man this blows google maps out of the water. Their 3D maps presentation looks like shit compared to this. I hope this will come to the desktop somehow but where? Maybe a separate Maps app for Mac lol.

  • http://twitter.com/blakeway66 paul blakeway

    If it’s going to replace Google maps it must be worldwide

    • Jobran

      hope so..

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    Incredible. I love the crispiness look of it and just looks real clean. Can’t wait.

  • http://twitter.com/Freducken Alfredo Arredondo

    Any word whether local/region maps will be downloadable for offline viewing?

  • sasan akbari

    Wow!!!
    I am shocked!!!
    Apple surprised me!!!
    Good job apple, you did it! :D

  • http://twitter.com/Mkhan1544 Muhammad Khan

    Ensb janqn snn wi af ka
    Sorry its hard to type without a brain
    Because Its Blown!!

  • Jobran

    SAD : Some features may not be available in all countries or all areas. Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later. Cellular data charges may apply.

    from apple site !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LPGIAOJ2B4WAVU5LWXMSZYMX4M Keith

    But it lacks the transit apps and walking directions Google had. And I’m not sure I trust “crowd-sourced” the traffic information for my GPS – I prefer that the information come from the source (particularly in local areas where they do a good job of keeping that information up to date).

    So my question is: will Google Maps be available in App Store as a separate download for iOS 6 and later? Or will Apple deny it because it conflicts with their own app? Either way, I’m sure some enterprising person will figure out how to get it for jailbreak devices. :)

  • YujinNY

    I think they nailed and have a very good option against google…the smooth use and smart deployment makes it even better in my opinion, but only time will tell…

  • http://twitter.com/hancoerr Indika

    google maps still the best,apple need 5 years to catch up,google maps can handle 90% maps in this earth, and apple maps only US…..

    • rohta

      Yeap. The Google Maps database is still unbeatable. But the most bizzarre is the fact that this new Maps service doesn’t work, even in areas that TomTom already has maps and it’s own GPS working. Ok, it is an “avant-premiere”, so we can expect problems and incomplete database.

      But Apple has about 4 months of hard work with TomTom to make this service work as flawlessly as possible. And I do hope that they don’t release it as “beta”, like Siri.

  • BoardDWorld

    The blue route and white transparent buildings was really well thought out. It’s easy on the eyes while being very clear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yuvraj.wadhwani Yuvraj Wadhwani

    If I don’t get turn-by-turn navigation on my iPhone 4 in India then i’m gonna be pissed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/j.liceagasantuario J Tony Liceaga Santuario

    How to get that flyover viewing? Only enabled normal map viewing by now!

  • Krishna

    after the release of iOS6, I am sure you would have regretted your line “If I were Google, I’d be very concerned.”, since Apple maps is a failure at least till now.
    NOM. I do own a iPhone 4S (this statement is to convey that i am no anti-apple guy, so that people don’t start throwing stones blindly). Moreover some features, such as 3D and traffic in maps and Siri’s location compatibility, don’t seem to work in India, where Apple sells iPhone 4S 16GB at $820 approx (Rs 44000/-).

  • Alex

    No. I live in England. Why am I denied 3D maps? It’s insulting to say “oh and the rest of the world gets the basic service it has grown to expect”. This isn’t the third world, why don’t we get all the bells and whistles?