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.
It's always exciting to take a peek into what Apple's working on lately, and a surefire way to do so is to take a look at some of Apple's latest filed patents. Recently, Apple filed two very intriguing patents for new iOS technologies. One reveals the company's plans to integrate projectors into iOS devices for use with the Mac, and the other is for "schematic maps", which is what AppleInsider calls dynamic maps on the iPhone that lets you zoom in on roads and landmarks to make navigation easier to follow.
You may recall Garmin’s first move into the App Store back in January with StreetPilot, a navigation app that tried a different approach from the others -- leaving the maps out, requiring users to have data access through their iPhone. Now the company is back to rectify that move, complete with maps.
One of the unfortunate aspects of a Wi-Fi only iPad is the lack of a GPS chip, which is only included in the 3G models that cost $129 more. However, it appears that tethering your iPad to your iPhone allows the tablet to also receive accurate GPS data as well.
Verizon iPhone 4 owners, welcome to the App Store! On the heels of the carrier’s own free My Verizon Mobile and VZ Transfer apps released last week, GPS developer TeleNav has announced that Verizon customers will be getting their own “Big Red” flavor navigation in the style of the AT&T Navigator app.
Programs here, get your programs! Can't get around the Macworld 2011 Expo without a program! Well actually, you could, but wouldn't you rather know where you're going? If you nodded yes to this question, you'll want to check out iMacworld, available for free from the iTunes App Store.
Remember Garmin’s attempt to enter the smartphone race with the Nuviphone? Apparently, neither does Garmin -- the company has (for now) thrown in the towel on that approach and released their new StreetPilot app for the iPhone instead.
They may be late to the party, but Magellan has finally updated their RoadMate GPS apps for iOS 4, complete with multitasking, fast app switching, uninterrupted navigation while on phone calls and free traffic data.