Apple Maps has had a tough life cycle. After Apple dropped the ball completely during its creation, Apple has slowly improved its usability and functions. After six and a half years, users still prefer third-party apps in iOS 12 over Apple Maps, with Google Maps stealing a large 67% market share. But iOS 13 for iPhone can finally close the gap.
To be honest, Google Maps dominates other map apps because 75% of mobile users use Android and iOS only has 23% of the pot. Moreover, Apple does not have Apple Maps in the Play Store, while Google has the app available in the iOS App Store. In general, however, Apple Maps still has a lot to catch up in terms of functions, quality and accuracy, and iOS 1
Apple has introduced new features and changes to Maps that offer solutions to the many complaints that iPhone users have had in the past. Apple Maps is more detailed, accurate and has new options that can compete and even exceed the equivalent of Google Maps. Finally, it might be time to remove Google Maps and stay with the stock navigation app.
1. Improved details
Although Maps has improved in leaps and bounds in finding and navigating to locations, it is difficult to provide the same topographical details and accuracy that the competition offers. Fortunately, iOS resolves this blinding limitation with more country details, better road coverage and more accurate addresses.
Apple provided hundreds of aircraft and cars with custom sensors and lidar and installed more than 4 million miles to update the Maps app, resulting in more detailed and current topographic maps. Buildings, roads and other 3D structures are better represented in the app and with a more detailed land cover, turn-by-turn directions are even better.
Initially, these new map details were limited to certain US cities and territories when iOS 13 was launched on September 19. , 2019 and a number of states received the server-side update weeks later. But now, from January 30, 2020, the entire US has fully expanded the new topography. Other countries will also receive these new detailed maps, with Europe being the first on the list for 2020.
2. Share ETA with others
One of the best new features is Share ETA, which only appeared in iOS 13.1. With a tap, you can send your estimated time of arrival to family, friends, colleagues, colleagues, dates, or anyone else, so they know when you're actually popping up. They will receive an SMS or iMessage with the ETA and it will continue to send them updates if there are changes or delays.
3. Location map events
When viewing information for a specific location on Maps, the interface for the location map screen is much simpler and more useful. Data is dynamically updated, including events at a location such as training sessions, cinema theaters, and other activities, so the information displayed is most relevant to the current day.
If you use public transport, the new Maps app includes transit times for buses, subways & trains, along with scheduled arrival times, line stops and connections you can make. It also includes live updates for outages, cancellations and other events that can make your journey through the city a problem. In addition, it shows the live departure and the current location of a bus or train.
For example, in iOS 12, when you select something such as a train and then tap a stopover, you are only asked to go to & # 39; View on map & # 39 ;, which displays the full route of the train. You can still do that, but if available, you can also see the stops in a list of planned departures as planned. During route descriptions, you can see all the stops between your start and end destinations, view the next departures, view previous stops for the line and more.
On the home page you can now add a button for the places you often travel to, such as home and work, which is displayed in the & # 39; Favorites & # 39; section. Previously you had to scroll to the bottom of the home page to see an option to view your favorites.
Based on your current location, a number appears, in miles or minutes, below a favorite's button to indicate your current distance to the place. If you select one of the favorite locations, the page with location information is displayed, which not only shows the fastest route to the site, but allows you to start navigating right away.
When you view your list of favorites in iOS 12, you see what you get. But in iOS 13 you can move locations in the list, so that your most visited places first appear on the home page.
If you want to keep a location in iOS 12 and check it out later, you would pin it and add it to your favorites. With iOS 13 you can keep your favorite places in your favorites list and move everything else to collections. That means less clutter and even faster access.
Collections allow you to organize stores, restaurants, loved ones' houses, and more into folders that you can share with friends, save for later use, or use to start navigation immediately. You can easily edit the lists and even upload a custom image to fit the group better.
By far one of the most important functions to finally get to Apple Maps is its own version of Street View. With the appropriate name Look Around, the function is accessible by zooming in on a target area and selecting the binocular icon as soon as it appears in the top right. Not all locations have Look Around views available, so if you don't see the binos, it is not yet supported in that neighborhood.
Look Around gives you high-definition, street-level images of the exact location and offers a series of 3D images that you can browse through as opposed to a simple 3D display. And if you want to explore further in this view, you can even select roads around you to "travel fast" while maintaining the same detailed images.
With Look Around you can also select labels for more information about the places around you, such as directions and reviews. It is also worth noting that in addition to the binoculars icon you can also go into the viewing mode by selecting the function on the app's information map when you tap on a specific area, and it works both portrait and landscape.
9. Redesigned Feedback Tool
When Maps gives you a wrong turn or sends you to the wrong place, sending a report to Apple is not easy to fix for everyone in the future. But the Maps app in iOS 13 makes it easier with an improved feedback form for submitting incorrect addresses, business locations, opening times, categories, etc.
When you travel by air, Maps has you covered. It now contains tons of information about your flight, including terminal locations, gate locations, departure times, flight changes, cancellations, and so on. And it can do it proactively. Siri intelligence scans Mail, Agenda and Wallet to find your upcoming travel plans and then displays all relevant information.
When Siri gives you directions during navigation, this can make things a bit more complicated than necessary. Something like "at 300 feet, turn left" means nothing to someone who cannot judge such distances, so Siri has been changed to provide more natural guidance. With the better sounding Siri, that 1000-foot line will end something like "turn left at the next traffic light". Apple also states that Maps "leads you closer to your end point destination, which is especially important for large locations."
Although MapKit only applies to developers from the perspective of building apps, iPhone users will reap the benefits. Developers can use vector overlays for things such as heat maps, weather or buildings on top of the map, as well as filter options for places of interest and camera zoom and pan limits. It also supports Dark Mode!
13. Better CarPlay integration
If your vehicle has CarPlay, both factory installed and aftermarket, the Maps app simplifies route planning, includes better search tools, and improves navigation. You can also view your favorites and collections with CarPlay.
I personally have not experienced any hardships while navigating curves, and that is partly due to Apple's Junction View feature. It helps you visually understand which lane you need to be during upcoming intersections, such as when a highway splits in two, enters busy streets, and when entering an elevated road. Although this feature was already available in the US, it is available in China on iOS 13.
Apart from the above new iOS 13 additions to Apple Maps, don & # 39; Don't forget all the other cool features that we previously had in older iOS versions. Apple keeps talking about Flyover, which gives you photo-realistic and compelling 3D images of major cities on the map, but it has been around since at least iOS 11 and there seems to be nothing new here.  Another thing that Apple mentions in addition to iOS 13 are indoor cards, which have also existed since iOS 11. They give you a glimpse into airports and shopping centers, so you can navigate through the buildings better. Although more airports and shopping malls are supported, there was no huge bump in iOS 13.
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