When Apple first launched Apple Maps, it was a bit of a disaster as the app and service did not work quite as intended, where it actually led drivers down the wrong roads. It was so bad that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was forced to issue an apology and even recommended users use a different service until they could get it fixed.
One of the defining features of Google Maps is Street View. This allows users to get a look at the area on a street level to try and locate shops and landmarks. However, it seems that Apple is ready to challenge Google with its own answer to Street View, also known as “Look Around”, a new feature in Apple Maps.
When it comes to navigation applications, Apple Maps has typically played second or even third fiddle to other apps such as Google Maps. This is due to the various missteps that happened during the app’s launch several years ago, resulting in at least one Apple executive being let go, and with Apple’s CEO issuing an apology and even recommending iOS users use other apps while they sort it out.
When it comes to mapping apps that can help you find your way around a new city, there are plenty of apps out there to choose from, such as Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps, and so on. However sometimes there are some buildings that are so vast and foreign that you can get lost in them, which is where indoor mapping plays a big role.
Google is understandably the default search engine for many due to its rich features and algorithms. However there are many who do not appreciate being tracked while they use the internet, which is why DuckDuckGo exists where it prides itself as being a privacy-focused search engine.
We know that Apple loves its augmented reality (AR) tech, and there have even been rumors that the company could be looking to develop its own AR headset. So much so that we can’t say we’re surprised that Apple is exploring more ways of integrating AR into its other products and services, such as Apple Maps.
Several years ago, Apple revealed their plans for their own maps called Apple Maps. Given that prior to that, Google Maps pretty much dominated the landscape, safe to say that with Apple’s resources, their attempts to launch their own mapping service might have given some pause. However we all know how that turned out, and Waze in particular seems pretty happy about it.
Last month a photo shared on Twitter revealed what appeared to be an Apple employee walking around the streets with various sensors on his back, which was presumed to be part of Apple’s efforts to improve on Apple Maps by collecting mapping data on a pedestrian level (as opposed to driving around and collecting data).
Apple Maps did not get off to a very good start. This was despite all the hype that was leading up to its launch. Over the years Apple has done their best to try and improve on it, and to their credit the app has definitely come a long way from what it was at the start. Now thanks to photos shared by Dante Cesa on Twitter (via MacRumors), we’re […]
Apple Maps was touted as having the potential to overthrow Google Maps ahead of its launch, but fast forward to a few years later, it is clear that Google Maps is still very much the de facto map that many turn to. Apple has clearly made some improvements to Apple Maps over the years, but it seems that they are far from done.
Sometimes companies and restaurants and venues will embed a map onto their website to let customers know where they are and how to get there. For the most part the maps that we would see on websites are Google Maps, with the occasional Bing Maps thrown in, but now it looks like we might start seeing Apple Maps as well.
While Google Maps might still be the de facto map app that comes to mind for many, Apple has been making great strides to improve its own offerings. In fact according to a report from the Financial Times (paywall; via Engadget), it seems that Apple is using drones to help improve on the accuracy of its maps.
To say that Apple Maps did not get off to a good start is an understatement. In the early days of the app’s launch, not only did it lead drivers to wrong locations, but there were issues with the UI that resulted in wonky-looking maps. Apple has obviously improved things over time, and it seems that the company has recently shared their plans on how they are collecting data globally.
When Apple Maps was first launched, safe to say that the service was extremely disappointing to the point where an executive got fired and where Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had to publicly apologize to the extent of asking customers to check out alternative apps in the meantime. However that was years ago and Apple Maps has since come a long way.