Apple Maps has had a rough time in the publicity department, starting with a less-than-stellar debut least year and culminating in recent stories about passengers following erroneous directions onto Alaskan runways. But according to data from comScore and The Guardian (via 9to5 Mac), Apple Maps is doing just fine for itself. It's doing so well, in fact, that 35 million iPhone owners in the U.S. use it as of last September, compared to the six million iPhone owners who use Google Maps.
Sure, there were new iPads in big and little configuration on display this week, but what really seems to have caught our fancy is Mavericks. That’ll all change of course once we get our hot little hands on these new models, but until we give that a spin for you, here’s what happened on your Mac this week.
OS X Mavericks is finally here, so MacLife proudly presents a series of informative how-tos to keep you updated on what has changed and how to use it. Check back often to learn more about the newest Mac operating system from Apple.
One of the most touted features of Mavericks is the ability to use the Maps application throughout the OS to do things like add maps to Calendars, get directions, and even search for local points of interest. But some of the things Apple didn't go into detail on were the ability to view your maps with flyover data, view localized weather information in the calendar, print directions, and also send maps and directions to your iOS devices for viewing (or navigating) later. Continue reading, and we’ll show you how to do these things and much more.
One of the more fascinating ideas Google has had for its Android operating system is Ingress, an augmented reality game that's partially intended to let game enthusiasts enjoy their pastime while getting out into the real world. As AllThingsD reports, its current dedicated audience isn't huge, but that isn't stopping the software giant from bringing it to iOS sometime next year.
If there's one area where Apple has an undeniably poor record compared to chief competitor Google, it's in the implementation of its Maps app for iOS. It's improved a bit over the last few months after several fixes and acquisitions, but as MacRumors reports (via Alaska Dispatch), it's still apparently so buggy that was recommending that iOS users drive onto a airplane taxiway in order to reach Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska.
Google is moving quickly to capitalize on its recent acquisition of traffic service Waze, with real-time data now incorporated into the iOS and Android editions of the Google Maps app in a number of countries.
Well, it was bound to happen eventually--ads have finally come to the iOS version of Google Maps. They're called "relevant ads," and they pop up on the bottom of the screen every time you enter a search.
Christmas came early late last year as Santa’s elves restored Google Maps to iOS as a third-party app. Seven months later, the mobile Maps has already hit version 2.0 with another stocking full of enhancements, including native support for the iPad. At first glance, Google Maps 2.0 looks identical to the previous version – iOS users were the first to receive this all-new user interface, which finally started arriving on Android devices over the summer. The moment you begin searching, however, changes abound.
Steve Jobs believed in a simple fact: everything around you “was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that people can use.” Jobs definitely practiced what he preached. While all the other technology firms were churning out products with all the wow factor of a tumble dryer, Apple set out to change the world with innovative computers and gadgets, again and again and again.
As we’ll discover, Apple products have revolutionized the way we work and play and listen to music. It has transformed entire industries, created new kinds of computing, and done some truly frightening things to bridges. Read on and be inspired.
Initially pronounced the best mobile mapping solution on the planet, the reimagined iOS 6 Maps has become a PR disaster for Apple, leading CEO Tim Cook to publicly apologize for the debacle. Google heard the frustrated cries of iOS users and, like a knight in shining armor, now comes riding back onto the iPhone with its own Google Maps app, a mere three months after being banished from the castle. But this isn't exactly the same app iOS users have loved since its debut in 2007.