By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2016
Monday, Fast Company interviewed CEO Tim Cook and other Apple executives, with Cook revealing that public iOS betas actually exist to help improve the Maps service, which was widely panned and ridiculed over egregious inaccuracies shortly after its September 2012 debut.
Today, the publication interviewed Eddy Cue, Apple’s boss of Internet Software and Services, and Craig Federighi, who is Apple’s chief of Software Engineering, on learning from Maps failures.
Here’s what they had to say about improving Maps over the years. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016
Real-time updates about vehicular traffic on Apple Maps have expanded to include Greece, home to population of eleven million people, according to an update posted on Apple’s iOS Feature Availability webpage. The latest expansion comes hot on the heels of launching public transit directions on Maps in Prague earlier in the week.
Traffic data on Apple Maps is currently available in about three dozen countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark and more. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016
Apple customers in Prague, Czech Republic, can now use the firm’s stock Maps app on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac to take into account local transit directions when planning their routes. Apple Maps transit data just launched in Prague with support for the city’s busses and trams and the Prague Metro and Esko Prague commuter rail. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016
Finding a parking lot in your area has gotten a whole lot easier with an announcement this morning from parking service company Parkopedia that its detailed parking data is now being used by Apple Maps across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Parkopedia offers detailed information on more than 40 million parking spaces in 75 countries and Maps users on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can now view detailed information about parking garages and lots around the world. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016
Transit directions on Apple Maps are now available in four new markets: San Diego, Honolulu and Kansas City in the United States and British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province. Now Apple fans can incorporate localized public transportation options in those locations, including buses and commuter rails, when seeking directions through the Maps app. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2016
Flyover, a three-dimensional birds-eye view in Apple Maps, is now available in an additional thirty cities and popular tourist destinations in the United States and around the world. In addition, Transit and Traffic data in Maps is now available in several new cities.
Flyover takes advantage of a fleet of airplanes that photograph points of interest from multiple angles. These photos are then used to derive depth information from them to recreate buildings, landmarks and other objects in 3D space. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 14, 2016
A handy new Maps feature has been discovered in the initial beta of iOS 10 that will help you find your car in a crowded parking lot. As you can see in the screenshot above, the new version of the app can recall exactly where your vehicle is located.
We don’t know a whole lot about the feature, as Apple hasn’t covered it in detail, but it appears in iOS 10 your iPhone will automatically flag your location once you’ve stopped moving after a long trip—unless of course you’re at your home address. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jun 8, 2016
David Hodge, former Founder and CEO of a company that Apple acquired in 2013 called Embark, announced today on Twitter that he has departed the company. At the time of the acquisition, Embark had transit data on large cities such as Chicago, New York, and San Francisco and had apps considered to be some of the best in their class. This data and the technology used in Embark apps have since helped improve the transit feature of Apple’s Maps app. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016
As part of Tim Cook’s packed schedule during his visit to India, Apple today confirmed it’s opening a new facility in Hyderabad, that will focus on Maps development and employ up to 4,000 people. The new facility, located on the Waverock campus, will provide “a world-class, LEED-certified home for the expanding Maps team,” said the Cupertino firm. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016
After visiting China yesterday to meet the country’s officials and promote a $1 billion acquisition of the local ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing, Apple’s boss Tim Cook is touring India today and is planning to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He is also expected to unveil a development center for Apple Maps in the country along with an accelerator program for iOS developers, Bloomberg reported today. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016
You knew about three-dimensional buildings and landmarks on Apple Maps—a feature they’re calling Flyover mode. But did you know that Apple’s mapping service includes virtual tours of more than a hundred major metropolises worldwide? If not, that’s because Apple hasn’t exactly gone to great lengths to advertise it front and center in the Maps interface.
These virtual tours are basically auto-playing animations in Flyover mode, complete with three-dimensional buildings, terrain and landmarks. They’re quite useful if you’re visiting a city for the first time, though virtual tourists who want a quick overview of a major city will also find them fun and entertaining.
Here’s how you can explore and enjoy 3D Flyover Tours on Apple Maps for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2016
iOS’s Reachability feature is a nice addition for those who wish to operate their iPhone with just one hand. With Reachability, customers can easily reach the top corners of the iOS user interface by double-tapping the Home screen button.
I use Reachability on a regular basis, but wish that more developers designed their apps with one-handed mode in mind. For instance, one-handed zooming is currently available in just a few apps, such as Google Maps and Snapchat.
On Apple Maps, you’ve always had the ability to zoom in or out of an area using the familiar pinch-zoom gesture. What you may not know is that Apple’s mapping application provides other gestures that are suitable for zooming in or out without needing to pinch open or close with two fingers, here’s how. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2016
Having recently rolled out support for transit directions for Sydney Trains in Australia’s New South Wales and for buses, subways, commuter rails and other transportation options in Seattle, Portland, Oregon and Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada, the Transit feature is now available to Apple Maps customers who live in Sacramento, California. To use transit directions on Apple Maps, simply enter navigation mode and then tap the Transit button, if available. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2016
Another day, another content expansion for Apple Maps. Less than 24 hours after bringing TrainLink and bus routes to commuters in New South Wales, Australia, Apple’s mapping service has expanded its footprint with new three-dimensional Flyover content for Akron, Ohio and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Apple’s also brought Spotlight Suggestions to the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac customers in Europe’s Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Last but not least, traffic information on Maps has gone live in Thailand, bringing the total number of markets where this feature is available to 34 countries, as per Apple’s iOS 9 Feature Availability webpage. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2016
After previously introducing limited transit support for Sydney Trains in Australia, Apple’s now expanded transit directions in the country with the addition of TrainLink and bus routes for both Sydney and New South Wales, Mac Prices Australia discovered.
With a silent backend update, Apple Maps customers in New South Wales can now start taking advantage of public transport information for trams, series and interstate services, including buses and trains, while detailing stations with entry points. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016
Since learning that Apple’s software development kit now includes a new MapKit framework for tvOS, I’ve been eagerly awaiting to see what Apple TV developers are going to do with it. I salivated at the prospect of Apple Maps on a big screen telly because it sounded too good to be true.
Even better, Apple’s SDK supports advanced features like map annotations, adding overlays and performing reverse-geocoding lookups to determine placemark information for map coordinates, among other features.
With TV Maps by Arno Appenzeller—to my knowledge, this is one of the first of MapsKit-enabled apps for the new Apple TV—you can browse Apple Maps from the comfort of your couch. At long last, planning trips on the big screen has become a reality for those of us who’re invested into the Apple ecosystem. The experience of using maps on a television is much cooler than you could imagine: this is the first tvOS app that has made me wish that the Apple TV supported hand gestures so that I could explore maps Minority Report-style. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016
Latest checks indicate that Apple is getting ready to make the Maps service available to everyone on the web through a desktop web application which will permit you to embed an Apple Maps view into your own webpage, blog and more.
Look no further than Apple’s own WWDC 2016 webpage, which appears to take advantage of what seems to be an interactive, embedded Maps view. This is the first time Apple has used an embeddable Maps view on the web. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016
After adding transit data last week for public transportation in Portland, Oregon and Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada, Apple on Monday brought Apple Maps’ Transit feature to Seattle in Washington.
First spotted by MacRumors, the most recent Transit expansion lets Apple’s customers in the city incorporate public transportation options like the Link Light Rail, Monorail, buses and more into Maps when seeking turn-by-turn directions. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016
Over the past few days, Apple’s expanded availability of Transit data on its mapping service to include Portland, Oregon and Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada. Just a month ago, Transit data was added for Austin, Texas, in time for the annual South by Southwest festival.
It also brought 3D Flyover views to five new locales in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom and expanded the Nearby feature to select new places in Austria, Denmark, Japan and Switzerland. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2016
A steady stream of regular Apple Maps backend updates continues unabated with the latest expansion of the Nearby and Flyover features in new cities and countries around the world. In addition to five new major cities in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom that now support Maps’ three-dimensional Flyover views, the Nearby feature is now available in Austria, Denmark, Japan and Switzerland to help Apple’s customers there find local businesses and points of interest relative to their current location. Read More