APPLE MAPS HAS COME A LONG WAY IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
If you’ve been regularly using Apple Maps over a long period, you might recall a time when Apple Maps wasn’t quite what you would call professional in quality. Apple Maps first made its way to public users in 2012, when it replaced Google Maps as the default mapping offering on iOS. However, users weren’t entirely impressed, citing a wide array of gaps and inaccuracies including towns and amenities located in the wrong places, if not omitted entirely, and cloud-obscured satellite imagery.
So adverse was the public reaction to Apple Maps that Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized in an online-published open letter to customers and pledged improvements. Fortunately, Apple has indeed delivered a raft of enhancements to Apple Maps over the subsequent years, including expansions in the real-time traffic information and navigation options, as well as the acclaimed ‘Flyover’ feature. Flyover lets users quickly scan photorealistic 3D depictions of major cities and landmarks.
After you load up Apple Maps on a device running iOS 12 today, it’s especially easy to appreciate how far the software has improved if you zoom in on the San Francisco Bay Area. In a comprehensive article on his website, designer Justin O’Beirne – a former member of Apple’s maps division – has that, despite the limited geographical scope of Apple’s hugely revamped new map, this map actually matches or exceeds Google Maps on several points.