It is no secret that Apple has been using vehicles equipped with advanced cameras and sensors to collect geographical data to improve Apple Maps. However, the detailed process of collecting data was not known to anyone outside Apple’s team. Well, that changes today.
With iOS 14, Apple is adding much-needed improvements to the default Maps app on the iPhone. The notable add-ons include Cycling directions, Guides support for popular places, EV routings, Speed and red light camera, and more. Among them, Cycling directions support is a welcome addition as the practice is gaining traction among cities in the world. Google Maps has had cycling directions for years and it’s good to see Apple adding them in the default Maps app with iOS 14. Let’s understand how to use Apple Maps cycling directions in iOS 14 on iPhone.
Apple introduced Dashboard Mode on CarPlay in iOS 13 last year. The new version of CarPlay offered a split-screen view of a map alongside a music menu. Until now, the feature was limited to Apple Maps on CarPlay. Apple extended Dashboard Mode support for third-party apps with iOS 13.4. Now Google has finally implemented a split-screen interface for Google Maps in CarPlay.
Apple Maps has reorganized categories and brings food delivery and medical services to the forefront. The changes are aimed at helping users during the COVID-19 outbreak and are similar to the one introduced by Google Maps.
Apple has partnered with AR startup to bring improved indoor maps to all of its devices via Apple Maps. The companies are working together to enable AR maps to exist in places other than Apple Maps, such as inside individual apps and on the web.
Apple has big plans for its mapping and navigation solution, and the company wants to go right up against Google Maps. After completing the rollout of redesigned Apple Maps in the US and some other markets, the company might be planning to bring editorial content and recommendations to its app.
Apple has announced newly redesigned maps for the United States. The revamped Maps load much faster, are more accurate and offer a better view of roads, buildings, airports, and malls.
Apple Maps’ launch was met with heavy criticism, and the iPhone maker has done a lot over the past few years to improve its mapping and navigation solution. However, it is still lagging in a few areas, and this new UI concept shows how Apple Maps can have an edge over Google Maps.
Apple has toed the line with governments for more than once. Last time around, the company took flak for removing an app related to Hong Kong protests. Now it has come to light that Apple has changed how Crimea is displayed in Maps and Weather apps after succumbing to the Russian government’s demand.