Seven years after the original iPhone, mobile search remains a must-have feature. Although there are an expansive number of options available, one of the original third-party apps, first launched in 2008, continues to be at the top of its game with this latest version.
After so many years of relying on Google Maps for key apps on iOS and OS X, Apple is almost completely free from its competition's navigation service. Today the Cupertino company dropped Google Maps from iCloud.com, specifically for its Find My iPhone service.
Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Navigating the Finder is already pretty easy, but finding the exact path of a folder or file you're currently browsing can be a difficult task unless you're using the Column view in the Finder. Fortunately, there are two tricks that will help you determine the browsing path through the Finder, and we'll show you how to use both in this how-to. Continue reading to learn more.
Nokia might not have won many hearts in the smartphone space, but the Wall Street Journal reports that the Finnish company is now hoping it can attract your attention with its soon-to-be-released revamped HERE maps application. That's a tough gambit, especially considering how thoroughly Apple Maps and Google Maps dominate the space, but Nokia might be able to pull it off on the basis of one feature alone — it'll support offline maps without the need to download them beforehand.
A common complaint heard from overseas Apple fans is that Apple Maps may work decently enough here in the States, but it's far less accurate for destinations within the borders of other countries. But that's apparently not the case in Britain. In fact, according to at least one 4G network provider in the United Kingdom, it's actually dominating Google Maps in terms of traffic.
Google is showing a bit more attention on the iOS side of things lately. Last week, it split off Docs and Sheets apps (with Slides incoming) from Google Drive for increased visibility, and now today, the company updated its Google Maps app to a 3.0.0 version with several new and upgraded features. Chief among them is an official offline maps option, which lets you save them for network-free browsing — ideal for international travel or when exploring areas with minimal reception.
Apple has heard all of the complaints about Apple Maps, and it wants to make it better. It's so keen on this, in fact, that 9to5Mac reports that the Cupertino company's allegedly beefing it up in time for iOS 8 to such a point that it should handily rival Google Maps for data supremacy. And thanks to its recent acquisitions of smaller companies like BroadMap, Embark, and HopStop, it might be able to pull it off.
If you've been bothered by the few remaining iOS 7 apps that seem untouched by Jony Ive's new minimalist design, most of your worries are over. With today's update, Find My Friends now features the clean look of, well, almost every other app on iOS 7. Gone is the skeuomorphic leather stitching; in its place are wide fields of white space.
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.
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.