“Earlier today we revealed that Apple was re-building maps from the ground up,” Matthew Panzarino reports for TechCrunch. “These are some questions from readers that came up when we went live. You can ask more questions [in the full article] and I’ll try to add them.”
Here’s a sample:
Q: What part of Maps will be new?
A: The actual map. Apple is building them from scratch, with its own data rather than relying on external partners.
Q: Does it use information from iPhones?
A: Yes. It uses segments of trips you take that have been anonymized called probe data to determine things like “is this a valid route?” or to glean traffic congestion information.
Q: Does this mean street view mode is coming?
A: Maybe; Apple did not announce anything related to a street-level view. With the data that it is gathering from the cars, it could absolutely accomplish this, but no news yet.
Read more in the full article – very highly recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: Again, beyond the accuracy, detail, and potential new features like street view, only Apple’s Maps will provided real privacy: “The only device that knows about your entire trip is your personal device… Not only can it not tell who it came from, Apple says it cannot even reconstruct a trip based on this data — no matter who asks for it.”
Apple has been rebuilding Maps from the ground up for years and it’s due to launch very soon – June 29, 2018