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06-11-2012, 03:19 PM #1
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, 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!
06-11-2012, 03:25 PM #2
Will I still be able to find bus routes on the new maps like I can with the current Google maps?
06-11-2012, 03:28 PM #3
Can't believe i bought the garmin app...now this...oh well, gives me 3.4 gigs to free up
06-11-2012, 03:34 PM #4
why drop iphone 4 support? and can you download offline maps?
06-11-2012, 03:35 PM #5
Hopefully with jailbreak tweeks we can have turn by turn on iPhone 4/3GS
06-11-2012, 03:39 PM #6
The biggest question is....
Will it work out of the US? (to the same high level of detail)
06-11-2012, 03:41 PM #7
06-11-2012, 03:43 PM #8
06-11-2012, 04:04 PM #9
06-11-2012, 04:06 PM #10
So wait... This doesn't affect the iPhone 4?
06-11-2012, 04:14 PM #11
Google Maps is not terrible
06-11-2012, 04:26 PM #12
Scott Forstell said "we've had great transit apps in the store. So, instead of reinventing the wheel, we are connecting to these apps from Map". So, you no longer has bus routes built into the Map app, but it seems that you will still easily get it from the Map app.
06-11-2012, 05:31 PM #13
06-11-2012, 05:34 PM #14
Two things I'm REALLY worried about:
Will it be a decent service outside the U.S.?
Can I use it offline? (I mean downloading offline maps and using GPS navigation)
06-11-2012, 06:34 PM #15
This turn by turn navigation looks similar to my MotionX GPS Drive in 3D mode, just look a bit more "Applish". I predicted this in another thread, but then it is not hard to guess because that is Apple take whats current and make it look "stylish" and patent it.
Prefer the new google map version over this.
06-11-2012, 06:52 PM #16
06-11-2012, 07:17 PM #17
Happy for turn-by-turn but how will the Flyover help anyone over Street View and the bus schedules?
06-11-2012, 07:19 PM #18
06-11-2012, 07:34 PM #19
No streetview? wth! Hope google are allowed to have the old google maps as a third party app in the AppStore.
06-11-2012, 08:52 PM #20
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.