Back in 2012, Apple announced its Apple Maps alongside the release of iOS 6. However, the app wasn’t received well, instead, it went through quite rough impressions. An apology from the CEO, as well as several years of patching, could not stop the app from being a joke. The Cupertino company wants to stop it, so it has now decided to rebuild the entire app from scratch.
As TechCrunch reports, the revamped Apple Maps will be released slowly to the users, starting with those enrolled in the iOS 12 beta. To avoid previous mistakes, Apple has collected all the information itself over the years. The company plans to cover only the San Francisco and Bay Area immediately, and Northern California by fall. And by the end of this year, the entire US will be covered. There’s no hint of improving services in other countries.
Apple will collect all the data from two sources: iPhones and the company’s own mapping van. While you’re concerned about your privacy, the company also assured that data would only be received when your Maps app was open. The mapping data will no longer be slender and bland, and there will be better color representation for areas with vegetation. Besides, there will be visual distinctions between various types of roads.
There’s no doubt that Things won’t be easy for Apple to replace Google Maps. But, it’s nice to know that at least the tech giant is finally giving it a go.