The release of the much discussed and anticipated iOS6 from Apple is coming out this week, September 19. As with everything else related to Apple, the new operating system is expected to be armed with a new and improved Siri voice system, which was met with relatively positive to mixed results in the first trial. There will also be an enhanced integration with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, which should let users fully optimize between the operating system and these networks.
One of the other most talked about new features is the introduction of Apple Maps, which is a mapping system that was built from scratch after Apple broke off their partnership with Google and Google Maps in the previous versions of iOS. Until Apple released iOS6, which as of this writing is less than twenty-four hours, few have been able to experience the new program, except for seeing images that have been released on the Internet.
Some have said that Apple’s maps could definitely match up to Google’s, and others are saying that there is no way that they’ll be able to hold a candle to their former partner. One of the big problems that can cost Apple the spot is the limited search database that users will be able to work with. According to the International Business Times (IBT), Apple Map searchers will be limited to address and businesses, with the help from Yelp as well.
Google’s search results are much more detailed without the user having to be too specific. Much like the standard search engine, a simple keyword yields results with locations that could be related to the search. With such little emphasis on a local search, Apple could be facing many problems if they don’t learn the lessons early enough.
Based on the images viewed, the look of Apple’s Maps (which doesn’t really seem to have an official name like “iMap” or anything like that) appears with a very minimalist, sleek view. This is alright on the eyes, but what is important is that it providing all of the important data and information that users need to have in a map.
The new program is vector-based, which should mean for a smooth interface and realistic looking 2D and 3D imagery. IBT says that the maps were imaged by Sweden’s C3 company, which is known for their mapping abilities. The maps are also expected to give users up-to-date traffic conditions and navigation.
So right now, it is hard to say. From the sounds of it, users will be able to enjoy the visual presentation of Maps, which looks to be the reason why Apple gets so much attention in the first place. If they can put up with the early version of the search database, then Apple may have a long-term chance of staying in the game. However, the patience of the population will determine this. It may not matter anyway, since those who want the iPhone 5 are going to get it anywhere, and at 2 million preorders in one day, most will tolerate any shortcomings of the maps anyway.
Mike Lamardo is a tech blogger and content provider for Home Security Team. Leave your thoughts on Apple Maps in the comments below the article.