Apple adds a new useful parking feature to the Maps app
Apple Maps has come a long way since the app was first released in September 2012. At first, Maps was an unmitigated disaster with some roadways and even countries unlabeled or missing their names. A few places were incorrectly identified and Apple uncharacteristically released an apology with Tim Cook telling iPhone users to use Google Maps or other mapping and navigation apps until Apple Maps was fixed. A company-wide shakeup ensued resulting in the dismissal of longtime software chief Scott Forstall.
Apple went back to the drawing board and started collecting its own data so that it could build a new mapping and navigation platform from the ground up. And today, Apple Maps is a solid mapping and navigation platform that Apple continues to work on. For example, MacRumors notes that Apple has teamed up with digital parking marketplace SpotHero to deliver information to Apple Maps users on 8,000 parking locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Going to see the Knicks or Rangers play? You can reserve parking in advance right from the Maps app
For example, let's say that you've got tickets to see the New York Knicks or the Rangers play at Madison Square Garden and you want to reserve a parking spot; go to Apple Maps and look up Madison Square Garden in New York City. On the listing, tap the three-dot "More" button on the right side. A pop-up menu will appear with Parking as the first option at the top of the list. Tap it and you'll be taken to the appropriate SpotHero page without ever having to leave Apple Maps.
Besides appearing on the iOS Apple Maps app, the partnership with SpotHero will also allow Mac users to reserve parking spots. This added feature is another step in the right direction for Apple Maps which still has to battle Google Maps on the iPhone for iOS navigation app supremacy.