Apple Maps to get iOS8 revamp?

Many thought that Apple had lost its way when it released the Apple Maps back in 2012 – just like many of their users did when they had to use the terrible software. Rumours are abound though that iOS 8 – the next incarnation of Apple’s mobile operating system – could see a major revamp, with a lot of the problems hopefully sorted out.

Just yesterday, Apple launched iOS 7.1, which apart from a few minor visual tweaks added support for “Carplay” – Cupertino’s attempt to make your phone your in-car computer too. As you might expect, this has a big mapping component so suggestions that Apple are refocusing on getting navigation right.

According to 9to5Mac, most of the changes will be under the hood – with improvements sought to the Apple Maps database. This means things like improving the labels on key places (train stations, big buildings, etc) and adding more points of interest, so searches won’t turn up blank.

To get this done, Apple have spent the last year shopping around and buying up a number of different mapping companies. Broadmap, for example, apparently focuses on transport and indoor mapping. Similarly, they’ve snapped up Embark, who have made popular public transport apps for the iPhone in the past and Hopstop who have done similar.

So I think it is fair to say we can expect improvements to Apple Maps’ public transport directions.

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Intriguingly, 9to5Mac also reckon Apple are working on an augmented reality component to Maps – so users will be able to hold up their phone and have directions superimposed over the live camera image of where to go. This all stems from the above patent. We’ll believe it when we see it.

The elephant in the room of course, is mapping kings Google – who are known to employ hundreds of people just to work on maps – and who repeatedly scour satellite photos and make sure the maps match the reality. Whether Apple have the manpower to compete with this is unknown, but let’s face it – if anyone can stare down Google, it’s Apple.

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  • Eric Murphy

    Awesome, cant wait for the new IOS8 and all the mac apps update

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    • prunelladeville

      IOS 8?? Get with it mate. Can't wait for iOS `13. You?

  • prunelladeville

    “Many thought that Apple had lost its way when it released the Apple Maps back in 2012 – just like many of their users did when they had to use the terrible software. Rumours are abound though “

    Look, the writer must be great, but the editor is not. If you are going to use Google Translate to write articles, at least run them by a native English speaker. I mean, “… Rumours are abound though…”??? I walk to dictionary think soda in hand to have like myself think not very good English. Also make muffins to coffee for morning in morning by taking stove up on in daylight.

    Um, English is really a noble language. Please show a modicum of respect. Thank you.

  • prunelladeville

    Awesome, can't wait for the iOS14 and all the mac updates. Guess I'll be stuck at Starbucks till then.

  • prunelladeville

    “Many thought that Apple had lost its way when it released the Apple Maps back in 2012 – just like many of their users did when they had to use the terrible software. Rumours are abound though ”

    Look, the writer must be great, but the editor is not. If you are going to use Google Translate to write articles, at least run them by a native English speaker. I mean, “… Rumours are abound though…”??? I walk to dictionary think soda in hand to have like myself think not very good English. Also make muffins to coffee for morning in morning by taking stove up on in daylight.

    Um, English is really a noble language. Please show a modicum of respect. Thank you.

  • prunelladeville

    IOS 8?? Get with it mate. Can’t wait for iOS `13. You?

  • prunelladeville

    Awesome, can’t wait for the iOS14 and all the mac updates. Guess I’ll be stuck at Starbucks till then.

  • prunelladeville

    “…so suggestions that Apple are refocusing on getting navigation right.” Incomplete clause.

  • prunelladeville

    “…so suggestions that Apple are refocusing on getting navigation right.” Incomplete clause. Passive voice. Who is suggesting? Also “…Apple are…” may be OK, but sounds weird. “…Apple is…” sounds better to my ear.

    If you want to keep the passive voice, then, “…so suggestions are that Apple is refocusing on getting navigation right.”

    Better yet, lose the passive voice: “…so some are suggesting that Apple’s maps team is refocusing on getting it right this time around.”

    Or something like that…