When Apple released its version of Maps in 2012, the product was so bad that CEO Tim Cook actually apologized and encouraged consumers to use other companies’ products. As a result, the biggest winners were apps like Google Maps and Wise, also owned by Google.
Here are the most notable improvements in the Apple Maps app, according to a company statement:
It seems to be the most important part that Apple is counting on to overtake Google, and a key benefit here:
– The Apple Maps application does not require a connection and is not connected to the Apple ID.
Personalized features, such as suggesting a departure date to make up for the next appointment, come from an intelligence built into the device.
– The data sent to Apple to improve the application is associated with random identifiers which are constantly reset so that individual users cannot be identified.
– The application does not keep a search history or places where the user found.
Look around you:
It is a service parallel to the “Google Street View” service and includes high resolution and 3D images similar to the Google service.
Although this feature is not new, it was missing from the Google Maps app. It is also very expensive and requires production, as the company claims to have sent cars and planes to cover millions of kilometers in the United States to create the images, and currently, the service covers a limited number of American cities and s will extend to Europe “later this year”.
Transport information and internal cards:
The application now offers detailed timetables for transport traffic, a direct update of departure and arrival times, as well as the current position of the bus or train on the road. This service is currently available in a limited number of US cities, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles.
The app also includes internal maps of airports and major shopping malls, where users will know what role (floor) they are in, the location of restrooms and any open stores or restaurants, as per the announcement Apple.