Apple Maps adds TrainLink and bus routes for Australia’s New South Wales

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

 

Google Maps for iOS gains Travel Times widget, Night mode and other new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2016

Google yesterday pushed an update for its native Maps application on the App Store, bringing out a few newsworthy features and enhancements.

Google Maps 4.18 for iOS introduces a new Travel Times widget which lets commuters check a live travel time estimation to their home or work right within the Notification Center’s Today view.

In addition, the app’s gained a new built-in option for sharing directions with contacts. Plus, there’s a brand new Night mode and distance units settings in navigation. Read More

 

AlwaysNightMode enables night mode in the Maps app at all times

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 21, 2016

Apple Maps comes with a feature known as night mode. With it, after a certain point during the day when the sunlight goes down, Maps will enter a lower-light state with darker colors as to be easier on your eyes for night-time navigation.

If you really like night mode, and wish there was a way to keep it enabled 100% of the time (even during the day) then you might be interested in a new free jailbreak tweak called AlwaysNightMode. Read More

 

Use Apple Maps and plan trips on the big screen with TV Maps for Apple TV

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

 

Apple Maps web app may be in the works

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

 

Apple Maps gains Transit data for Seattle

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

 

Apple Maps Transit data now available in Montreal and Portland, Oregon

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

 

How to download areas in Google Maps for offline use

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 4, 2016

For those of you that love Google Maps more than iOS’ built-in Maps app, Google Maps has a wonderful feature built into it that lets you download maps from specific regions for offline use.

This feature is perfect for when you need a map and you know you won’t have any cellular coverage or you don’t want to waste your precious capped data on navigation tasks.

Right before a big road trip, you can follow this tutorial we’re about to walk you through so you can download any region on Google Maps for your offline viewing pleasure. So let’s get started! Read More

 

Apple Maps brings Nearby, Flyover and Traffic features to more countries and locations

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

 

Google Maps for iOS now integrates with popular ride services, Spotlight Search and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2016

Google has pushed a refresh to its mapping application in the App Store. Bumped to version 4.17, Google Maps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now integrates with a total of six popular international ride services via a new tab in navigation mode.

In terms of other features, the updated application gives you the ability to save route options and integrates with iOS 9’2 enhanced Spotlight Search so you can find your saved places via the search field revealed after pulling down on any Home screen. Read More

 

watchOS 2.2 launches with Nearby in Maps, pairing of multiple watches and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

In addition to the major iOS 9.3 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, a companion software update for the Apple Watch released this morning, too. The new watchOS 2.2 firmware is now available as an over-the-air download in the companion Watch app for the iPhone.

watchOS 2.2 is not as major a release as iOS 9.3 or OS X 10.11.4 so ti includes only a few improvements such as the Nearby feature in Apple’s Maps app, the ability to pair multiple watches to a single iPhone and more.
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Apple Maps adds 23 new Flyover locations

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 8, 2016

Apple continues to expand availability of the Flyover feature in its mapping service with today’s backend update having enabled a total of 23 new landmark locations all over the world where three-dimensional Flyover view is available.

Select new cities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Taiwan have gained support for Flyover, such as Spain’s A Coruña, Australia’s Newcastle, England’s Nottingham and more. Read More

 

Get directions to home and work with 3D Touch and Google Maps

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

As part of yesterday’s update to Google’s iPhone and iPad mapping application in the App Store which brought pit stops to navigation mode, the refreshed software has replicated one of my favorite 3D Touch features found on Apple Maps: the ability to get directions to home and work right from the Home screen.

In the new Google Maps 4.16 for iOS, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners can press the app’s Home screen icon to bring up the shortcut menu with two useful Quick Actions: Directions to Work and Directions to Home. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS now lets you add pit stops to your trips without leaving navigation mode

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 29, 2016

Internet giant Google on Monday announced that an upcoming update to its native, free of charge Maps application in the App Store has a brand new feature that will let you add pit stops onto your trips without leaving navigation mode. The feature was added to Google Maps for Android last October and starting today will begin rolling out on iOS in more than a hundred countries worldwide where Google Maps offer navigation. Read More

 

Apple is opening a development office in India’s Hyderabad to support Maps development

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2016

The 1.25 billion people market of India is estimated to soon become the world’s top smartphone market and is already one of Apple’s most important markets despite the fact that the Cupertino firm is yet to open its first branded store in the country.

But that’s not stopping Apple from investing in India. According to a statement Tuesday by an Apple spokesperson given to The Economic Times, the iPhone maker is opening a new $25 million development office in Hyderabad, where some 150 employees will be supporting Maps development.” Read More

 

Get where you’re going with fewer steps using these 3D Touch shortcuts in Apple Maps

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2016

Getting where you’re going with fewer steps is a lot easier with time-saving 3D Touch shortcuts in Apple Maps. For example, pressing the Maps icon on the Home screen lets you instantly get directions home, send your location to a friend, search what’s nearby or drop a pin on your current location so you can remember where you parked your car.

And within the Maps app, 3D-touching a point of interest lets you preview it quickly, navigate there, call the place and more.

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn about all the ways you can take advantage of 3D Touch shortcuts that are currently supported in Apple Maps. Read More

 

Apple boosts Maps with new Flyover cities, Traffic and Nearby data

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

Apple has updated its Maps backend with nearly two-dozen new cities now supporting the Flyover feature. In addition, the company has activated live Traffic data for Taiwan and added Finland to the list of countries that support iOS 9’s Nearby feature. Three-dimensional Flyover data has been added to five new cities in the United States, with additional Flyover views now available in various cities across Europe, Africa and Japan. Read More

 

Google Maps begins rolling out offline navigation to iOS users

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2015

As part of yesterday’s update to Google’s Maps app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, offline navigation is now rolling out to users. Though conspicuously absent from changelog that accompanies the download, the crucial new feature was later confirmed by Google to VentureBeat.

I couldn’t get it to work in my area so my guess is that offline navigation in Google Maps is a staggered rollout and probably supported in select markets only. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS updated with business hours and gas prices

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2015

Google today updated its native Maps application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, adding two nice-to-have features: gas prices in the United States and Canada and business hours for millions of points of interest around the world. Now when searching for gas stations in the US and Canada, the application will display up-to-date gas prices so you can better decide between the nearest gas stations and those that potentially offer the lowest prices of gas. Read More

 

Poison Maps makes great use of 3D Touch gestures

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2015

Poison Maps, a cool map app in the App Store based on the OpenStreetMap database, takes a novel approach to 3D Touch gestures versus most other 3D Touch-enabled apps, which makes it uniquely useful for navigating.

On non-iPhone 6s devices, the app takes advantage of the patent-pending Context Pan gesture letting you pan large distances by using a single touch of a finger instead of the usual two-fingered pinch-zoom gesture.

On devices without 3D Touch, however, context zooming and context panning is implemented using a long touch to control how far the map zooms out, rather then using the force of the press, as shown in a video demonstration further below. Read More

 
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