At the recently concluded WWDC – World Wide Developer’s Conference, Apple unveiled new operating system for both computers and mobile devices, new Macbook and many new applications. One of the new applications which has got the attention of many, is Apple’s own navigation system.
Apple announced their own Map app which will replace the currently available Google Maps from iPhones and iPads. These maps will be one up on what Google Maps offers, through their innovative features of turn by turn directions with real time ETA, smooth scrolling 3D imaging and aerial view of all city centers and important city landmarks besides Siri integration and real time traffic information.
Apple has also signed up with 9 top auto makers, including General Motors. These auto manufacturers will be adding a dedicated button on their steering wheels to permit drivers to activate the SIRI through their iPhones and iPads in their car. This will have enable least amount of distraction to drivers from driving.
The new Map application will be suitable for all Apple devices. Without getting their hands off the steering wheel, drivers can now ask Siri to re-route your vehicle through better traffic conditions, find a nearby gas station or give you the latest scores and live updates.
Apple says, “Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All of which may just make this app the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever.”
Following are the features of the new Apple iOS6 Map application;
Maps uses a vector-based engine that keeps text crisp, graphics clear, and panning and zooming smooth and responsive. Want to explore? Tilt and rotate to view an area and Maps keeps the names of the streets and places where they belong. So everything’s easy to read, and you won’t get lost.
Find your way to your destination using turn-by-turn spoken directions, a 3D view, and real-time traffic information. As you approach a turn, Maps speaks directions, so you can keep your eyes on the road. In addition, the screen turns into a 3D perspective view of the road ahead. Large signs and arrows superimposed over the image show you which way to go and how long it’s going to take to get there — even if your screen is locked. As you approach a turn, the camera angle changes dynamically to show you where to go. If you miss a turn, don’t worry. Maps automatically reroutes you and updates your ETA.
With Maps, you get real-time traffic information to calculate your ETA. Maps gives you details on what’s causing a backup, so you can tell if there’s a major incident or just a temporary slowdown. And if traffic’s a mess, Maps offers alternative routes to save you time.
See major metro areas from the air with photo-realistic, interactive 3D views. Explore cities in high resolution as you zoom, pan, tilt, and rotate around the city and its landmarks.
No matter where you roam, Siri can help you find your way.2 To get to your destination, ask Siri to take you there and Maps immediately guides you along the fastest route. And if you feel peckish on the way, ask Siri to look for the closest hamburger joint or diner. Learn more about Siri in iOS 6.
Tap a pin you’ve placed on the map or a search result to see a card full of useful information about that location. View photos, tap to dial phone numbers, get an address, find websites, peruse Yelp ratings and reviews — even find deals to save you money. Tap the Quick Route button and Maps instantly gives you turn-by-turn directions to any search result.