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  • Why iOS 6 Maps Will Make Navigating Easier


    App Store navigation applications have flourished on iOS because of the lack of good navigation functionality in Apple’s stock Maps application. In iOS 6, Apple appears to have finally stepped up their game to something more useable. Google Maps is a terrible way to navigate yourself, as it is dangerous to look at the iPhone screen and calculate your destination on a soundless Google Map.

    With iOS 6 Maps, iOS finally gets native turn-by-turn navigation support. The interface is equally as beautiful as it is functionally great. We see in the turn-by-turn mode everything that we would expect in a GPS application. Miles to go, large banners telling us what road we are on, traffic conditions, estimated time of arrival, and a live visual of where we are moving. Turn by turn navigation means voice – YES VOICE! – telling us exactly where to go so we don't have to calculate our destination by ourselves.

    Apart from turn-by-turn navigation, Maps doesn’t appear to use Google Maps for its standstill views anymore. According to Apple’s Web site, the new Maps uses Apple-designed mapping technology that looks great, uses high-contrast saturated colors, and maintains that professional, simple look that Apple is known for. With it, it is easy to see the landmass you are on with surrounding highways.

    The biggest update to the Maps application is the Flyover view. This view seems to take advantage of that virtual reality view that was rumored so long ago. With it, you can see places in high definition detail from up above. It allows you to see great cities from where you would never expect to see them. The new view is equally as beautiful as it is powerful. With it, you can get a better understanding of an area and learn your way around without ever leaving your home.

    Without a doubt, the Maps application was recreated from scratch and then dipped in gold. It will make navigation easier by helping us around our local neighborhoods with turn-by-turn navigation, allow us to use a nicer-looking map, and see our location from birds-eye view in high definition. If this isn’t easier than watching a blue dot move around on a Google Map and potentially not paying attention to traffic, then we aren’t sure what could make the Maps application any better!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Why iOS 6 Maps Will Make Navigating Easier started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      I highly doubt it was recreated from scratch. Apple is not known for that. Aren't they using TomTom as their map provider?
      They bought 2 map companies I believe.
    1. emilliondollars's Avatar
      emilliondollars -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ken Griffey III View Post
      Will I still be able to find bus routes on the new maps like I can with the current Google maps?
      That is funny, but not in an offensive way. Google Maps has many functionalities that it can offer but idk if Apple has implemented that on their Maps app, good question.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LUFT5_THOR View Post
      Are there still people without nav in their cars? Who really walks around with a map on their phone trying to find someplace? The only thing I use it for is looking up someplace at work once in awhile.
      Are there still people dumb enough to pay $1000 extra for a car nav that immediately becomes outdated?
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LUFT5_THOR View Post
      Are there still people without nav in their cars? Who really walks around with a map on their phone trying to find someplace? The only thing I use it for is looking up someplace at work once in awhile.
      I hope you were being sarcastic. Or do u really walk around with a car nav in your hand with a mile long power cord connected to your car and the car running so the nav would work and not die on u. Dude u have an iPhone. U don't need any other gadget.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by LUFT5_THOR View Post
      Are there still people without nav in their cars? Who really walks around with a map on their phone trying to find someplace? The only thing I use it for is looking up someplace at work once in awhile.

      One of the most ignorant remarks I've seen in a while. 1 gps packages usually only come on cars buy purchasing a package that includes other things that you may not want or need ie costing a lot more than having 3rd party app.

      2. In car maps suck. You can't use them when your moving, they are limited and interface always sucks.

      3. Some people are still driving there 2003 car (like me) that run perfectly fine and are paid off.

      Come on man!! Just cause you don't use maps for navigation says nothing. every time I make a trip I use it.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I use CoPilot on my phone for Offline turn by turn voice navigation and it is very good.
      Lack of Streetview is the Killer - if they don't allow Google Maps in the App store I might have to stick with 5.11
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I agree confucious! My husband is the type that he wants to see a map!
    1. cypherstream's Avatar
      cypherstream -
      Are you saying no turn by turn voice guidance on iphone 4? Well I'll just continue to use Waze then, and at least be able to report cops, traffic and also get notified of those things as well. Weird thing is, when full voice guidance is on, Waze uses Siri's voice to speak, and I don't even have a 4S! Now if you turn it to limited/lite (no streetnames) voice guidance it uses a themed voice which speaks slower and less robotic.

      I too also hope Google Maps will still be available. Its fun to play with the streetview sometimes.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by cypherstream View Post
      Are you saying no turn by turn voice guidance on iphone 4? Well I'll just continue to use Waze then, and at least be able to report cops, traffic and also get notified of those things as well. Weird thing is, when full voice guidance is on, Waze uses Siri's voice to speak, and I don't even have a 4S! Now if you turn it to limited/lite (no streetnames) voice guidance it uses a themed voice which speaks slower and less robotic.

      I too also hope Google Maps will still be available. Its fun to play with the streetview sometimes.
      Google already announced they would continue to dev for iOS. There were many map/nav apps in the AppStore that didn't break any of apples restrictions.
    1. Goodbye's Avatar
      Goodbye -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Are there still people dumb enough to pay $1000 extra for a car nav that immediately becomes outdated?
      I think he meant a navigation device in their cars, not necessarily a car navs.
    1. koreanmasters99's Avatar
      koreanmasters99 -
      I personally use the software call:

      waze..
      it is very help and useful.
      it does everything, including voice and live update.
      Free and user from all over can update traffic condition.
      Great App!