“Apple’s new maps app came out the day I started a 2,243-mile road trip through four states. As complaints about it trickled in and Apple’s CEO apologized, I was left wondering whether people were using the same app I was,” Anick Jesdanun reports for The Associated Press. “I know many people will disagree with me, but I even find it an improvement over the old app on iPhones because I now get voice navigation and automatic re-routing. I updated an iPhone 4S in a hotel room in Grand Rapids, Mich., that night and was immediately impressed. It was a nice touch to have turn-by-turn directions narrated by Siri, the familiar female voice from Apple’s virtual-assistant feature.”
Jesdanun reports, “Apple’s map offers 3-D views. That may sound like a gimmick, but it presents the map in a way that mirrors what you’re seeing through the windshield. On Apple’s map, the direction you’re going is on top in the regular view or toward the back in 3-D. Outside of big cities, Google often has north on top, which can be confusing when driving east or south… Apple’s maps are also more pleasant to view. Instructions such as “turn right onto Pearl St.” are in white against a green background, similar to the signs you see on highways. Street names at intersections are in a green rectangle, similar to actual street signs at corners.”
“Apple’s app was mostly dead-on in getting me to my destination. The one big miss was when it had a winery I was looking for about a half-mile east of its actual location. I went to another instead,” Jesdanun reports. “But Google has made mistakes, too. It told me to turn left to get to a lighthouse along the Straits of Mackinac connecting two Great Lakes, even as the road sign in front of me pointed to the right. Then again, Apple’s app didn’t even find that lighthouse in a search… Apple’s app is far better than the one Google had when it first came out in late 2009. In apologizing for an app he says “fell short” of Apple’s own expectations, CEO Tim Cook says the company will keep working to improve it.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]