iOS 8 Maps Improvements Stalled Due To Personnel Issues, Poor Planning

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Apple's WWDC 2014 featured over two hours of presentations on new software features for iOS and Mac OS X. It was a keynote filled with changes celebrated by developers and consumers, who welcomed Apple's shift to a more open iOS. Many of the rumored features were announced, including a big health initiative, that could gain traction later this year if Apple launches the much anticipated wearable device. Despite all of the positive news coming out the Moscone Center, there was little said about the Maps application, other than new vector maps and improvements in China. So what happened and why are we still waiting for the world-class map experience promised by Tim Cook? … [Read more...]

Apple Acquires Social Search Engine Spotsetter

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Apple has acquired Spotsetter, a company who has developed a social search engine that provides users with personalized recommendations on places to go. Its capabilities include layering of social data on maps. As Apple continues to build out their own Maps app, one could easily see the importance of extending that experience by layering social data. Places is one such place for improvement, making Spotsetter a target for Apple. … [Read more...]

iOS 8 Maps Upgrade To Benefit From Improved Data, Public Transit Directions

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Apple's IOS 8 Maps application will receive a major upgrade in an effort to provide customers with an improved mapping experience that would put it on par with Google's Maps application for mobile phones. Apple took over the stock Maps application when iOS 6 was introduced and has been one of their rare missteps. The Maps UI was beautiful, with stunning 3D Flyover views, but suffered from flawed data and the lack of public transit maps. Sources tell Mark Gurman that a new upgraded Maps will look to solve those issues, with the aim of bring an updated Maps app in iOS 8 that lives up to Apple's high standards. … [Read more...]

Google Maps Has Returned To iOS, With Turn-By-Turn

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Here it is everyone, what we've been waiting for. The official Google Maps for iOS app has launched — and it has everything it used to have, and more. Google has finally managed to get turn-by-turn in their iOS app, something we've been wanting for years. This also marks the welcome return of street view, public transit and walking directions. … [Read more...]

Google Maps App for iPhone Nearing Completion

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Google is reportedly in the final stages of testing a new Maps application for the iPhone, with a App Store submission in the not so distant future. The fallout over the change from Google powered to Apple powered Maps in iOS 6 was significant enough that Apple issued a public apology, pledging to do better and offering alternatives to their mapping solution. One of those alternatives was not Google Maps, which has yet to be submitted to the App Store. According to a Google representative, Google Maps is “the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system.” The new application from Google will … [Read more...]

Google Maps Web App To Get Street View

One of the big features that was lost in the transition from Google Maps in iOS 5 to Apple Maps in iOS 6 was the inclusion of Google's much lauded Street View. These thousands of photos from the streets of towns and cities around the world gave users the ability to see what the building they're looking for looks like from the outside. Thankfully, iOS users will be getting a new lease on this feature, via the Google Maps web app. … [Read more...]

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook Sends Open Letter To Customers Regarding Maps

The release of Apple's Maps application in iOS 6 has caused much consternation for customers and backlash that has been loud enough to reach mainstream media. Fixing Maps is not something that's going to happen overnight. Apple's Tim Cook issued this letter this morning to customers regarding Maps, where he suggests using third-party alternatives while they improve Maps. The letter offers an explanation as to what went wrong. Apple's intention here was to improve upon the Maps app, something that required they take on without the help of Google. In many ways, the new app is an improvement, most notably by the included features. The iOS 6 version is the first Maps app to offer turn-by-turn driving directions. Early reviews were … [Read more...]

Google Is Working On Google Maps For iOS [u]

Hold your breath folks, it looks like there is an official Google Maps for iOS in the works, but it probably won't land for a few months. At least, that's according to a report in the New York Times. They say: Google is developing a maps application for iPhone and iPad that it is seeking to finish by the end of the year, according to people involved with the effort Apparently the delay is because Google was blindsided by Apple dropping them as the source for maps. The above article in the New York Times and The Verge are both reporting that Apple opted out of Google's services with a year still left on the agreement between the companies. Google only heard that Apple was ditching them in June, the same as the rest of us. Since then, … [Read more...]

Schmidt Says Google Maps Waits On Apple

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We're all eagerly anticipating the eventual arrival of Google Maps for iOS 6 — there was even a rumor that it was already submitted. Unfortunately, the word direct from the horse's mouth is that that hasn't happened yet. Talking to Reuters, Google's Eric Schmidt said that the company had not submitted Google Maps to Apple, saying "we have not done anything yet." Schmidt also said: "We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call." Similarly, Bloomberg reports that Google "will need [Apple’s] approval to offer its maps application". The way Schmidt has worded this is at least a little open to interpretation. When Reuters says … [Read more...]