Posts tagged Maps
With the release of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, the inter-device communication on Apple devices continues to improve. That is evident in the Maps app that now is on both platforms. The Maps app for iPhone and iPad has taken some deserved criticism since its debut in iOS 6 but it along with its desktop big brother – released with OS X Mavericks – have continued to slowly and steadily improve.
One of the great features of Maps being on your Mac and your iPhone and iPad is the ability to share a map between the devices. In this How To we will show you how to send maps to your iPhone or iPad from your Mac Maps app. It’s a handy feature that saves time when you are planning your next journey.
First, open Maps on your Mac and search or enter a destination where you to go. Once you find that destination you
either tap on the pushpin to get to the information dialog box or if it is a known location, it will pop that box up for you automatically. In my example I’ve chosen the British Museum in London. Here I have the option to “Get Directions” but I can also get reviews and other information about the Museum including Yelp! reviews. Click on the Get Directions option and enter your starting point. By default Maps will assume you want to leave from your current location. The most direct path from your start and end points will be displayed along with turn-by-turn direction. If there are alternative paths you will be shown those paths and if you have Traffic enabled – just tap the cars icon in the upper-left corner on the menu bar – you will see road conditions on the path(s) selected.
As an EXPAT from the United States living in the United Kingdom, I’ve had to learn to live in the mixed world of Imperial versus Metric measurements. Here in the UK, the roads are measured in miles but just about everything else is measured in meters, centimetres, etc. It makes things fun! For travel to continental Europe however, it is a bit easy as everything is in metric, much like it is for Canada and Mexico in relation to the United States. Apple has made it quite easy for you to
switch from one measurement standard to the other in the included Maps app in iOS 6 and iOS 7 and in this How To I will show you how to change Maps from miles to kilometers.
To start, on your iPhone or iPad go into Settings and scroll your way down until you find Maps. When you tap Maps you will see all of the settings that you can adjust for the app including your preferred mode of transportation (driving or walking) and if you want the map to always be in your devices language (in my case, English). The top setting is the Distances with the choice of “In Miles” or “In Kilometers”. Tap the one that you want to use then close Settings.
From this point forward when you open the Maps app it will measure in the distance you selected: Miles or Kilometers. To change it back simply go back into Settings and change it. This change does not require you restart your device – it takes over immediately.
If you are using a maps app other than the including Maps in iOS then you will need to make this change from within that app itself. For example, in Google Maps you can adjust the distance measurements by going into Settings and selecting Distance units.
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EggMaps HD is an iPad-only app that provides an easy interface to Google Maps, at full resolution. Until EggMaps HD, iPad users had resorted to using the website or iPhone versions of Google Maps (the latter at low-resolution, sometimes known as “pixel doubling” or “2x”).
The previous version has been ranked #1 in 22 countries including the UK, Australia and Canada. Mr Cunneen says he
hopes that the latest version will add the USA to that list.
Unlike the iPhone version of Google Maps, EggMaps HD takes advantage of the larger iPad screen at native resolution. Being a native app, EggMaps HD also has the advantage of being much faster and more responsive than a website.
“Google’s maps app for iPhone is great. But they seem to have forgotten about iPad users,” said Mr Cunneen. “Installing Google’s official iPhone app is awkward for most people. Even if you manage to get it onto your iPad, it runs at iPhone resolution and doesn’t provide much visual detail.”
EggMaps HD supports the following features, with data provided by Google:
- Street View
- Public transit
- Live traffic
- Auto-complete of place names
- Location tracking (when GPS is enabled)
EggMaps HD is .99 Cents and available in the App Store
Yesterday Apple released iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 to developers for further testing of what will be the next minor update to their mobile platform. The update addresses a well publicised security flaw that came with the release of 6.1 where users devices can be access by bypassing the lock screen security feature. The release comes just days after 6.1.2 was released to the general public, suggesting that Apple is working fast and furious to address any issues with iOS.
With iOS 6.1.3, Apple has continued to further develop the Maps app for users in Japan, bringing a long list of
improvements to users. These include improved motorway colours, indication of transit buildings (such as rail stations), improved 3D buildings in Tokyo and improved pronunciations to touch on the highlights. The updates in iOS 6.1.3 to Maps for Japan makes senses as a major push for improvement in the app for that country also came with IOS 6.1.
As always the latest beta build of IOS 6.1.3 is available only to developers. There is no indication of when this new build will become generally available but if the last few weeks are any indication, it should not be much longer. AlliOSNews will of course post when it is generally available so you will know to download it via iTunes or Over-The-Air to your iPhone or iPad.
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Thank you to our anonymous developer member for the update!
Apple has released the latest beta of iOS 6.1 to developers through their developer network today. The Beta 3 code is available to registered developers and can be installed either over-the-air for devices running iOS 6.1 Beta 2 or through iTunes on your Mac.
The beta continues the development of the latest version of iOS with more tweaks and enhancements. This update focuses on developer abilities to tie into the Maps app and APIs as well as improvements around Passbook and Safari.
There is no delivery date for iOS 6.1 that has been announced but if the past is any indication, we have one or two more beta cycles to go before it is released. If I had to guess? January.
If there was one feature that was suppose to be “killer” in iOS 6, it was Maps. Apple had turned away from Google Maps and developed their own solution and all of the hype leading up to the release of iOS 6 pointed to it being great. The demos, after all, were awesome.
But as we all know by now, Maps was a flop. A large flop. So large in fact that it had a significant role in the dismissal of Scott Forstall from Apple. Apple publically apologised for the Maps app, promising to double efforts to make it everything that it should have been from launch. Requisitions on the Apple site indicate that Cupertino has and continues to look for mapping expertise to bring in house to help solve some of the issues.
So here we are, three months after launch. Has Maps improved. The answer, in my opinion, is a resounding yes. So much so that it has become my sole navigation app on my iPhone 5. Risky? Some thing so but I’m not one of them and I’ll tell you why.
There has been a lot - a lot - made about the new Maps app in iOS 6. Many users, particularly outside of the US, have had a rather lackluster experience with the new app, to the point that Apple released a public apology for the app-meets-service and promised to improve it.
While Cupertino continues to work hard on improving Maps, there is something that you as a user can do. If you are using iOS 6 on your iPhone (4/4S/5) or iPad (2/New iPad), then you have the ability to report issues with Maps directly from within the app. Think of it as doing your little bit to help them get it right (and it’s completely optional so if you are in the they-can-figure-it-out-themselves camp, no problem. Crack on.).
When you are in the Maps app and you tap the lower right corner to chose the map types and other options, in small text
just above the options buttons is a small line of text: “Report a problem”. Tap that link and you are taken through a short questionnaire on what exactly was wrong with your Maps experience – wrong location, street names are incorrect, problem with directions, etc. You can even fill in details if your exact problem isn’t listed in the options.
I like to think of this as crowd sourcing an answer to a problem.
As I indicated before, this is entirely optional. You don’t have to report issues to Apple as they undoubtedly have more time and money to throw at the problem and you or me have available. But it is a way to contribute to the improvement of the service.
In his public apology, Tim Cook emphasized that Apple are “doing everything they can to make Maps better.” Since that apology, there have been improvements that I have seen in my day-to-day use of Maps. In a recent trip to London, the performance of Maps at the beginning of the week was far less desirable than at the end of the week. Likewise I found performance when I got back to Dallas to be improved from where it was when I left for the UK – the same week that iOS 6 was released.
Ultimately there will be improvements from Apple and the more you use Maps and the more willing you are to report issues, the faster those improvements will come.
Be sure to check out my complete review of iOS 6 to learn more about Maps and the other features of the latest mobile OS from Apple.
The release of iOS 6 marks another major milestone in the history of Apple’s mobile operating system. This 6th major release brings a wealth of new features but also makes significant improvements to the overall function and feel of the OS. Some of those changes will benefit users while others, like the significant decrease of Google’s presence in the release, clearly benefit Apple themselves long term.
Unlike other releases of iOS, this release does not have one “killer” feature. It is composed of a lot of small but important changes that bring several concepts together such as social interactions, user customization and information everywhere at all times. To do this, Apple has tightly integrated social networks like Facebook, leveraging iCloud to a greater extent and brings a handful of features that make interacting with calls, your information and getting from place-to-place easier. Putting all of this together, iOS 6 makes a strong statement as being the best upgrade so far for the iPhone and iPad.
With that, here is an overview of some of the pillar points of iOS 6, starting with one of the most anticipated changes with this release, Maps.
Apple Previews iOS 6 With All New Maps, Siri Features, Facebook Integration, Shared Photo Streams & New Passbook App
SAN FRANCISCO―June 11, 2012―Apple® today previewed iOS 6, introducing over 200 new features to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members. iOS 6 will be available to iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users this fall as a free software update. New iOS 6 features include: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover view; new Siri® features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari® and Maps; Shared Photo Streams via iCloud®; and Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.
“iOS 6 continues the rapid pace of innovation that is helping Apple reinvent the phone and create the iPad category, delivering the best mobile experience available on any device,” said Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iOS Software. “We can’t wait for hundreds of millions of iOS users to experience the incredible new features in iOS 6 including the new Maps app, expanded Siri support, deep Facebook integration, Shared Photo Streams and the innovative new Passbook app.”
iOS 6 includes an all new Maps app with vector-based map elements that make graphics and text smooth, and panning, tilting and zooming incredibly fluid. New turn-by-turn navigation guides you to your destination with spoken directions, and the amazing Flyover feature has photo-realistic interactive 3D views. Real-time traffic information keeps you updated on how long it will take to get to your destination and offers alternate time-saving routes if traffic conditions change significantly. Additionally, local search includes information for over 100 million businesses with info cards that offer Yelp ratings, reviews, available deals and photos.
The Wall Street Journal has a lengthy and detailed report on Apple’s impending move from Google Maps as the mapping application in iOS to a new proprietary solution. It is the latest and strongest evidence yet that Google Maps may be gone from your iPhone and iPad with the release of iOS 6.
The article, written by Jessica E. Vascellaro and Amir Efrati, outlines the relationship between Apple and Google since the inception of the iPhone in 2007. It covers the what could best be described as a rocky relationship between the two tech giants with the release of the Android mobile OS being the tipping point for much of the rancor between the companies we see today. Indeed as has been well documented in the past, Steve Jobs felt that Eric Schmidt and Google blindsided him with the release of Android.
If you are interested in the back story of how Apple got to the point of developing their own mapping solution, this is a fantastic read and I highly recommend spending the time to read it in detail.
If however you are looking for juicy nuggets on what the new mapping solution will be, you’ll need to look elsewhere. The article does hint that we could see a preview of it as early as next week at WWDC but no significant details of the mapping solution are covered in the article.