HOLD ON FOR THE NEW AP­PLE MAPS

Apple Magazine - - Summary - By Ben­jamin Kerry & Gavin Le­naghan

For now, you could still eas­ily ex­cuse your­self for us­ing an al­ter­na­tive map­ping ser­vice to Ap­ple Maps. Even Ap­ple ap­pears to have ac­knowl­edged this much, with iOS 12 al­low­ing CarPlay users to in­cor­po­rate third-party map­ping ser­vices, such as Google Maps and Waze, into their dash­board ex­pe­ri­ences. In a video, Ap­pleIn­sider has high­lighted this as one of the new fea­tures of CarPlay in iOS 12, while zol­lotech has posted an­other video show­ing how this func­tion­al­ity works in prac­tice.

How­ever, it might not be too long be­fore you’re tempted to switch per­ma­nently to Ap­ple Maps. Af­ter all, we have en­joyed a very tan­ta­liz­ing glimpse of the new Ap­ple Maps, which will soon cover the whole of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia and, over the next year-and-a-half, ex­pand fur­ther across the United States. You might not there­fore have to wait for long to en­joy the im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing build­ings that are more ac­cu­rately de­picted and more de­tails such as sports ar­eas.

You will be able to en­joy all of that within an in­ter­face that will be very fa­mil­iar to ex­pe­ri­enced users of Ap­ple Maps. “You’re not go­ing to see huge de­sign changes on the maps,” Cue told TechCrunch in June, ex­plain­ing: “We don’t want to com­bine those two things at the same time be­cause it would cause a lot of con­fu­sion.”Thank­fully, con­fu­sion is some­thing that you could soon find your­self en­coun­ter­ing no­tice­ably more rarely dur­ing your day-to-day use of Ap­ple Maps.

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