Since it just came up in a Twitter conversation, I figured I might as well remind everyone about the biggest bummer in iOS 6: The new Maps app doesn't have public-transit directions, like the old Google Maps-based Maps app did in iOS 5 and earlier. The new Maps app doesn't leave you totally high and dry, though -- it suggests alternate apps for your location. But there's one little problem...
Sigh… the rumor mill apparently knows no boundaries, and therefore it keeps churning up every Apple product imaginable for an update at next week’s WWDC 2012. iPod shuffle? Check. Retina Display MacBook Pro? Check. New iMac, MacBook Air or Mac Pro? Check, check, check. At this point it’s easier to name the Apple products that won’t get refreshed next week -- or you can simply cozy up to our daily recap for this fine Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
June has finally arrived, and with it comes a tidal wave of tech news for what’s generally a pretty lazy last day of the work week. We can’t report on everything, but we’ve managed to distill the day down to the five coolest stories you won’t want to miss -- so adjust your seats into a launch position and let’s dive right into this freaky Friday, June 1, 2012.
In an effort to maximize its relevancy in the mobile sphere, Yahoo! introduced a few new iOS apps this week to the App Store. One that particularly caught my eye was TimeTraveler, which allows you to explore the city you're in by creating easy-to-follow trip plans. The app creates the day's itinerary for you based on where you're starting from, where you want to end up, and how much time you have in between. You could also set your start location and destination at the same address to explore the sights around that area.
Word on the street since even before iOS 5 was that Apple has been preparing to boot Google out of Maps. A flurry of cartography-related purchases, along with the decision to snub the search giant in iPhoto for iOS--not to mention a very public feud over Android--have all pointed to an inevitable in-house overhaul of the aging locator app.
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with the Google-powered Maps app we’ve had since the original iPhone, it could be argued that it’s time for Apple to shake things up and go their own way -- and that could indeed be happening with iOS 6.
The tech press loves to paint Google as an enemy of Apple (and sometimes, vice versa), but a new lawsuit may bring the two technology titans together again -- as defendants against a company claiming the search giant’s Street View technology infringes on their existing patent.
Previously only available to Android users with capable handsets, Google has now enabled users of its Chrome browser to search for directions through their computer's microphones. You know, because it's so cool to yell at your computer for directions to that All You Can Eat sushi place you're taking your significant other out to after work. Nope, not weird at all.
Apple has long been rumored to be working on their own mapping data for their iOS devices, and that day may be coming sooner than we think, according to new legal disclaimers discovered under “Map Data” in the beta build of iOS 5.