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Apple Maps is getting a major overhaul

By Cookie Monster - on 2 Jul 2018, 12:00am

Apple Maps is getting a major overhaul

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Apple Maps, which did not get off on a good start, will be rebuilt from the ground up according to TechCrunch. 

It's been four years in the making since Apple decided to develop its new data-gathering systems. Remember the mysterious Apple-leased vehicles spotted roaming the streets of North California? They are part of the new data-gathering systems to construct and inform the new Apple Maps. Apple is also using first-party data gathered by the iPhones to rebuild Maps. 

“Since we introduced this six years ago — we won’t rehash all the issues we’ve had when we introduced it — we’ve done a huge investment in getting the map up to par,” says Apple SVP Eddy Cue,  who now owns Maps, in an interview last week. “When we launched, a lot of it was all about directions and getting to a certain place. Finding the place and getting directions to that place. We’ve done a huge investment of making millions of changes, adding millions of locations, updating the map and changing the map more frequently. All of those things over the past six years.”

The new version of Apple Maps is said to be launching in San Francisco and the Bay Area with the next iOS 12 beta and will cover Northern California by fall. Some of the new changes in Apple Maps include: 

  • better road networks
  • more pedestrian information, sports areas (e.g. baseball diamonds and basketball courts), more land cover (e.g. grass and trees) represented on the map
  • buildings, building shapes and sizes that are more accurate.
  • more relevant results in its search 

Even with the recent improvements made to Apple Maps, the company feels there is room for improvement. 

“We wanted to take this to the next level,” says Cue. “We have been working on trying to create what we hope is going to be the best map app in the world, taking it to the next step. That is building all of our own map data from the ground up.”

Apple will roll out the new version of Maps over the next year, section by section in the U.S. You can read out more about the efforts behind rebuilding Apple Maps in TechCrunch's article.

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Source: TechCrunch