Big changes in store for Apple’s iPhone Maps app?

Cyber Monday Sale over 400  deals“It seems that Apple has big plans for the next iPhone Maps app, or so we might glean from a job posted for an iPhone Software Engineer on Apple’s website,” Nicholas Bonsack reports for Macworld.

The iPhone has revolutionized the mobile industry and has changed people’s lives and we want to continue to do so. We want to take Maps to the next level, rethink how users use Maps and change the way people find things. We want to do this in a seamless, highly interactive and enjoyable way. We’ve only just started.

Bonsack reports, “The current Maps user interface, once unique, has been heavily imitated by its competitors and the app itself is due for an overhaul. Whether this means if Apple will incorporate new features like an augmented-reality interface, built-in GPS navigation, or a new user interface isn’t known for sure, but they’re reasonable guesses, especially in light of Google’s new free Navigation software for the Motorola Droid.”

Full article here.

22 Comments

  1. Apple quietly bought a mapping mash-up company last summer (PlaceBase). I predicted a few weeks ago that google maps would at some point no longer power the Maps application. I’ll stick by that prediction for now.

  2. Gee, it’s no surprise that Google Maps on Google’s OS is providing features not on the iPhone. It’s also no wonder that Apple is having to find ways to get ‘out of bed’ with Google. I wonder how often SJ kicks himself for letting that back-stabbing mole Schmidt on the Apple BOD. This whole Android deal is so Bill Gatesian. Eric is given access to Apple developed magic as a so-called “partner” and lo and behold, a couple of years later Google has a smartphone OS. Doesn’t that just remind you of how Gates plundered the Mac OS treasure. In both cases it was SJ that invited these two blood suckers into the Apple home. Steve, remember this time… vampires can’t come in unless you invite them!

  3. As an iPod Touch user, I’d like to have a simple feature:

    CACHE. Simple: To be able to map directions and store them into my iPod Touch, so I can use them on the road, even when I’m offline.

    That would be an awesome additional for those without 3G.

  4. Can we just get Apple’s/Google’s iPhone map traffic colors to just show up on freeways (or throughways or what ever you call them in your part of the world) instead of streets. It’s worthless on streets that have traffic lights and makes it harder to see where the freeways are.
    Just make it like it was in version 1 and 2 of the iPhone software.

    On a different note, I can see why Apple is doing this. Having a key app for the iPhone totally dependent on Google is risky.

    Just make sure it’s better than Google before you replace them.

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