ChargePoint electric vehicle stations added to Apple Maps with Apple Pay support

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

ChargePoint operates the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network. As of today, ChargePoint’s electric vehicle stations in the U.S. can be found through Apple Maps, as reported by 9to5Mac. And because ChargePoint accepts Apple Pay, users can even initiate charging via Apple Maps and complete their payment with a touch of a finger.

ChargePoint locations appear on the map as badges that can be tapped to reveal information like business hours, pricing, whether or not they accept Apple Pay at that particular location and more. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve Maps

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Apple is assembling a team of robotics and mapping experts that will use data-collecting drones to capture and update Maps information faster than its existing fleet of minivans that use cameras and other sensors to collect Maps data.

The company has reportedly hired at least one person from Amazon’s Prime Air division to help run the drone team, which is being assembled in Seattle. In addition, Apple is working on a brand new indoor view in Maps.

Indoor features would use pressure sensors, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in latest iPhones to let users easily navigate indoor areas such as airports, museums and other high-traffic buildings, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Alan Levin reported Thursday. Read More

 

Apple granted a patent for augmented reality-enhanced maps and navigation on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

We know from Tim Cook’s remarks that Apple dabbled in virtual reality systems before deciding that augmented reality is the way to go. As opposed to virtual reality which completely immersed you in computer-generated environments, augmented reality overlays computer imagery on live video feed of the real world, enhancing or augmenting the images of your real-life surroundings.

Apple’s latest patent award for augmented reality maps that surfaced today in the database of the United States Patent & Trademark Office underscores the company’s commitment to augmented reality technologies. Read More

 

How to search along your route in Apple Maps

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2016

Apple Maps has improved significantly over the years and is now miles ahead of its initial version in terms of reliability, accuracy and features. As part of the latest set of improvements in Maps, users can now search for various points of interests along their route while navigating, stuff like gas stations, restaurants, shops, motels and other businesses.

You can then add a quick stop to your plotted route and even get an estimate of how it will impact the length of your trip.

In this quick tutorial, you’ll learn how to search along route in Maps for iPhone using a new feature called Quick Controls. Read More

 

Apple Maps transit directions live for iOS 10.1 beta users in Japan ahead of launch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Apple is currently beta-testing the first major update to iOS 10 since its public release last month. Aside from a Portrait shooting mode for iPhone 7 Plus owners and a new toggle in Settings to allow Messages animations when Reduce Motion is enabled, the software update should bring official support for transit directions in Japan within the stock Maps application, Japanese blog Ata Distance said today. Read More

 

Apple to unify its separate cloud services teams to improve Siri, Maps, iTunes, iCloud & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2016

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is reporting today that Apple is in the process of unifying its separate cloud services team in an effort to foster tighter collaboration between them, better compete with Google and Amazon in the cloud space and improve Siri, Maps, iTunes, iCloud and other services.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s boss of Internet Software and Services, will oversee the effort to move cloud service engineering teams to a single campus as Apple continues shifting its cloud to its own infrastructure. Read More

 

How to have the Maps app remember where you parked your car

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 1, 2016

When you use Apple’s Maps app to navigate during long road trips, you may sometimes have to park in a large parking lot you’re unfamiliar with, and you may forget where you parked your car. Heck, you may go to the mall down the street and forget where you car is parked on that gigantic lot.

Starting with iOS 10, Maps can remember you where you parked your car so you don’t have to. Read More

 

How to avoid toll roads when getting directions from the Maps app

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 27, 2016

Apple has been stepping up its mapping and navigation development efforts to bring users more powerful functionality. Starting with iOS 10, you can now streamline your navigation experience by avoiding toll roads or highways.

Since nothing’s worse than being stranded on a toll road without any cash, it’s now a breath of fresh air to know you don’t need to download a third-party navigation app like Google Maps to avoid them.

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Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue on learning from Maps debacle and improving the service

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

 

Apple Maps launches Traffic data in Greece

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

 

Apple Maps Transit directions launch in Prague

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

 

Much-enhanced parking space information comes to Apple Maps courtesy of Parkopedia

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

 

Apple Maps Transit data expands to San Diego, British Columbia, Honolulu and Kansas City

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

 

Apple Maps expands Flyover coverage, adds Traffic/Transit data for multiple locales

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

 

Apple Maps in iOS 10 will remember where you parked

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

 

Former Embark CEO leaves Apple nearly three years after acquisition

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

 

Apple announces Maps development office in India, creating up to 4,000 jobs

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

 

Apple’s boss to unveil Maps development center and iOS accelerator program in India

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

 

Be a virtual tourist: take scripted 3D tours of world’s major metropolises on Apple Maps

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

 

Apple Maps tip: zooming without pinching

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

 
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