Tag - Apple Maps
Everybody -- no, really, everybody -- agrees that Google Maps is better than Apple Maps. Yet some of us stick with Apple's one because we cannot bear how confusing Google's one is. Tell us it's more accurate than Apple (and we'll believe you), but then we can't find things in it, and we hit similar misdirections and route mistakes in both, so we're gone. We're now over on Apple Maps, which seems to work a lot better now that its aged a bit, and was always easier to use. Only, we didn't half miss Street View -- but now, Streets 3.0 has brought it back. Nearly.
Hand on heart, I wanted a new iPad, but I didn't lust after the iPad Pro the way I may possibly have been drawn to previous Apple products. I tried it in Apple Stores in the UK and France, wherever I passed one, and there's no question but that 3D tour of Paris in Apple Maps is beautiful on the iPad Pro. Even there, I hesitated though; and instead, bought an Apple Smart Cover for my original iPad Air before moving on. The iPad Pro is just a bigger iPad, and everyone who argues that it is or isn't a replacement for their Macs is just daft. Or so I thought, until I had an iPad Pro, and I went travelling.
An outage earlier today has since been corrected, but affected users around the world with a roughly two-hour disruption of the various App Stores, some iCloud services, and related features such as Apple Maps. As of 11AM ET, the problem has been fixed and all services are reporting operational again, but no explanation of the nature of the outage or the percentage of users affected has been reported by Apple. The downtime struck for about two hours from around 10AM Eastern Time until noon.
Apple recently added eight new areas from Mexico, Europe, and the US to its ever-increasing list of Flyover-supported areas. The technology, which uses computer enhancement to augment aerial photography into a panoramic 3D model of a given city or area, has now added Detroit, Michigan; Monument Valley in Arizona; Pensacola, Florida; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to its list of US cities. European locations include Münster, Germany; Pamplona, Spain; and Utrect, the Netherlands.
Apple Maps is being used three times as much as its next leading competitor on iPhones and iPads, Apple claims. The app deals with more than 5 billion map-related quests each week, which Apple suggests makes it more popular than Google Maps and other similar services on its own range of devices, indicating Apple Maps has been accepted as the main navigational tool among iPhone users.
The second-largest clothing chain in the US, Kohl's -- a company that has long supported Apple Pay in its stores for use with registered and supported credit and debit cards -- has now become the first business in the US to support Apple Pay for use with its own store credit card. Owners of the card can now add them to Wallet on some iPad and iPhone models, as well as the Apple Watch, running iOS 9. JC Penny's and BJ's warehouse club are expected to soon follow suit.
Apple has added three new channels to its Apple TV lineup as of Tuesday, with NBC, CBS All Access and speciality channel Made to Measure (M2M) joining the list. NBC's channel is a debut for the veteran network apart from its previous sports-only channel. Only some content will be available on the channel without a cable subscription authentication, as with CBS All Access -- the latter of which offers access to some 7,500 episodes on demand as well as new episodes. M2M is a fashion-oriented channel, and is exclusive to Apple TV.
Full transit functionality the Boston area, as well as wider Northeastern US train data for Amtrak's passenger services, went live on Monday after an announcement earlier this month that the region would be added to the list of US cities getting full transit information. Currently, Apple Maps offers transit data for 30 cities in China, seven cities in the US (Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC), and one Canadian city (Toronto).
You know that Google Maps is better than Apple Maps: there's probably no one outside Apple itself who would deny that Google's service has far more and richer data, and in some countries is better at finding routes. So the fact that the new Google Maps 4.11.0 release adds Apple Watch support is, in all ways, brilliant. Strike that: it's in all but one ways brilliant. As is so very often the case with Google, you have to switch on settings that you struggle to find -- in part because Google itself tells you the wrong place to look. There's an irony there in a map app by a search giant telling you the wrong place.
Apple is expanding the reach of its Flyover function in Apple Maps to cover even more locations, in its first major update after the rollout of iOS 9. The feature, which allows users to view 3D representations of major cities and popular locations, now covers an extra 20 destinations, with the vast majority of the new additions based in Europe, with some also from Japan, Australia, Mexico, and the United States.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE