Apple Maps update appears in latest iOS 12 beta, but covers the Bay area only

Apple Maps update appears in latest iOS 12 beta, but covers the Bay area only
Earlier today, we told you that Apple has released iOS 12 developer beta 3, and the article contained a list of the new features found in the latest build. However, it seems that the crew in Cupertino left out one item on the changelist, probably because it is useful only to those traveling in San Francisco for the time being. And that is the addition of the newly updated Apple Maps. As we told you the other day, Apple is updating Maps from scratch, using in-house mapping data only.

The San Francisco area is the first to get the new Apple Maps treatment, with Northern California to be completed by next fall. The new update to Apple Maps is integrated inside the old Maps, so those navigating the streets of San Francisco won't have to do anything to receive the updated features. Some of the improvements, as you would expect, have to do with navigational accuracy, including the correct labeling of street names and even country names. More attention is being placed on properly recreating the foliage, ponds and other environmental highlights in an area. 

Apple is hoping that its new and improved Maps will allow it to compete with Google Maps. The problem is that nearly six years after Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the inaccuracies found in the application after it first launched, many iPhone users who took the executive's advice at the time to use Google Maps, never returned. Cook's recommendation was supposed to be a helpful hint for iOS users who needed turn-by-turn directions to get from point "A" to point "B," but only while Apple Maps was being straightened out. Over the last few years, Apple did work the kinks out of its mapping app, and with the new update slowly making its way across the country and eventually the globe, the company hopes that users return to make it the only navigation and mapping app they need.

source: @rjonesy via BGR

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18 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6830; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Google Maps was better than this when it debuted, and is now light years away from where apple hopes to be. There must be a reason for apple doing this - I'm thinking they want location data and user info for targeted advertising. But... Google already has our data, why share with apple? Isn't one enough??!

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Google sells your data to strangers but Apple does not. That's why you should avoid any google platform as much as you can period. Apple Maps is getting better, unlike google they do this by their own without collecting any user data. Google use all sorts of private data to make their Maps work.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4265; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That's why Apple Maps sucks. And you are beyond clueless if you think personal data that can be traced back to you is being shared by Google

13. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Google Maps got me lost more times than Waze (pre acquisition) and Apple Maps combined.

17. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

With that username, I totally believe you :)

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It’s already the only mapping app I use, and it doesn’t disappoint. When it launched, it was pretty bad (I won’t lie), but its improved massively and I don’t need anything else. I deleted google maps a few years ago, and have no need for it on my iPhone. I first used google maps in 09 on a mytouch or 10 on an Evo 4G WIMAX, and it was kinda crappy. Back then google had major issues locking on to my position, and would just search. It got way better, and so did apple maps.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So for a guy who always tells everyone that he has Android smartphones, and an iPhones. Now you are saying "It’s already the only mapping app I use, and it doesn’t disappoint.". So I guess you made up all that crap that you use Android smartphones.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Google maps on my Note 8, Apple maps on my X. Dumb ass. Read and understand my post. My X is my current daily driver, and has been for the last 2 months troll.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The one that is a dumb @$$ is you. That or English is not your first language. Maybe you should reread what you posted. But I don't think that will do any good with you.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You can’t even formulate a complete sentence but have the audacity to question someone else’s English? Boi...

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What’s crazy, is he tried to make out to be a liar bro. Right now my arsenal is as follows: iPhone X, Note 8, Apple Watch series 3 Cellular, AirPods, and iPad Pro 12.9. I got rid of my Gear S3 Classic, and iconx 2018’s, cause they slowly became unusable and the updates weren’t fixing the issues. I obviously meant iPhone wise when saying it was the only mapping app I use, seeing as though Apple Maps don’t work on the Note 8, and the iPhone is my daily driver again. He’s too dense to make sense of it, so he says I’m lying lol. I have plenty of YouTube vids to back my claims. Corvetteman 071 on YouTube.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That’s Sgod for ya... denser than dark matter.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right man SMDH.

11. Rager722 unregistered

Can Google sue Apple for making this maps app look nearly identical to Google's?

14. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Using google maps is like giving report to your nanny.

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Using Apple maps is like getting lost in your own city.

15. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Looks likeTim Cook gave Jonny Ive a pack of crayons for christmas. He's doing well and not coloring outside the lines.

16. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Looks likeTim Cook gave Jonny Ive a pack of crayons for christmas. He's doing well and not coloring outside the lines.

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