Apple doesn’t want to disrupt its users’ expectations and experience by introducing a half-baked mapping product. Accordingly, what appears to be happening here is a “toe in the water” approach, as Apple begins to replace Google Maps in select cases — perhaps to ease its users into seeing a product with a new look and feel. But it does appear to be the start of a migration to another mapping platform. … [Read more...] about Apple Using OpenStreetMap With Its Own Tiles Instead Of Google Maps In Select Cases
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But the app is in other ways a step backward from the familiar Google app. For instance, while Apple’s maps feature a 3-D “Flyover” view of some central cities, they lack Google’s very useful ground-level photographic street views. And they also lack public-transit routing. Apple will instead link you to third-party transit apps. Also, while I found Apple’s maps accurate, they tend to default to a more zoomed-in view than Google’s, making them look emptier until you zoom out. … [Read more...] about YouTube Is Top Free App In iTunes Charts; Google Maps To Be Next?
Of course, one reason Bing doesn’t have a starring role is that Siri has continued to evolve into a tool that tries not to search the web, if it can help it. That same Siri page I’ve noted above also has screenshots about how Siri can be used to do a variety of searches or tasks. An example of using it to search the web is notably absent. This does appear, however, on the help screen within Siri that lists various things it can do. Way, way down on the list: … [Read more...] about With iOS 7, Siri Drops Google For Bing, Also Gains Twitter Search
Apple hasn’t devoted anything like the kind of attention and resources to maps that Google has (“hundreds of millions of dollars”) for a period of years. However Apple Maps will continue to improve. We should see also some interesting developments as Apple more fully embraces its new role as a local search and mapping provider. … [Read more...] about Apple Vs. Google Maps: Reality Check Time
It’s not integrated with Siri. You can’t say “I need directions to San Francisco” and be taken to Google Maps, as you once could. Instead you’ll go to Apple Maps. You can however use Siri to launch Google Maps (“Open Google Maps”) and then conduct your local search or directions lookup. … [Read more...] about Google Maps Is Back On The iPhone: Native iOS App Released