It was often discussed and anticipated and argued if Apple may launch it’s own mapping service specifically for iOS… It is now rather a fact and no longer a question. Apple recently launched its Maps app. It is out and about and does a little better than Google Maps. Like all other iOS development, Apple Maps includes all or most of the features that you would expect from Apple. The new mapping solution includes millions of business listings – around 100 million and, most importantly, it comes with turn-by-turn navigation! The Apple Maps app also uses anonymously collected data to project traffic information and if required offer you rerouting options for you to consider with a pop-up notification.
Above stated are exciting features but that is not all. The Apple Maps are even rendered in full 3D and with vector images for a fast loading experience. The well-organised Maps launch demo included the specifics of those particular features that are mainly not (yet) available on Google Maps – well, that could just be a coincidence. The demo included a very good presentation on flipping through business listings, flying around in 3D and navigations.
The Siri support will make it even better with you being able to ask Siri to find nearest patrol station or a place to eat, while driving. However, as some blogs on the web have discussed the Flyovers and turn-by-turn navigation will only be available on iPhone 4s, iPad2 and later versions. Another reason to upgrade?