Google Maps soon to be available for iPhone

| October 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why Apple can’t deny anymore Google Maps for the iPhone

Google has nearly finished working on a brand new version of Google Maps for the iPhone. Citing sources that knew of Google’s plans, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is currently field testing the app outside of the corporation and is now awaiting Apple’s seal of approval.

Apple shod  Google Maps from the iPhone, iPad and iPod earlier this year with the introduction of iOS 6. Google Maps was a a familiar app of the iOS from the first ever iPhone through September of this year, a partnership that lasted 5 years. However Apple has been separating itself from Google’s merchandise and services ever since the 2 began battling head-to-head on smartphone platforms.
Apple replaced Google Maps with its own mapping product. Apple Maps has been an entire failure. Users straightaway complained that the app was inferior to Google Maps. It had been (still is) riddled with mistakes, missing cities, distorted imagery, and other goof-ups. The black eye Apple received for Apple Maps was because of the Apple iOS head Scott Forstall’s recent departure from Apple. Apple apologized for the Apple Maps disaster and has been operating arduous to repair the computer code ever since.

Google Maps on smartphones

What everybody desires to understand, of course, is whether or not or not Apple will approve the new Google Maps.
Traditionally, Apple has disliked apps and services that contend with the iPhone’s (or iPad’s) native computer code and services. For years, it would not allow competitive apps within the app store. But it’s more of a relaxed policy really. For instance, iPhone users will use alternate email applications (including Google’s Gmail app), alternate browsers (like Google’s Chrome app), alternate cloud syncing services (Google’s Drive app).

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Google Maps on smartphones

After the Apple Maps collapse, Apple understood that it had made a blunder. It realized that the iPad and iPhone users will need a different map application. In fact, the iTunes App Store still encompasses a place reserved on the home page that takes users to a set of mapping and navigation apps. A number of the apps listed there belong to MapQuest, Garmin, Magellan, TomTom, and even Microsoft. Some area free and a few don’t seem to be, and a lot of them haven’t got the deep system-wide integration that Apple Maps will (or that Google Maps did), however they still manage to get iPhone users get from point A to point B and show them near  points of interest.

Considering the fact that Apple has relaxed a number of its ancient app policies and is presently recommending competitors mapping apps, it’d look pettish and insincere if it were to deny Google Maps for the iPhone. Apple might not generally concern itself over such things, however this can be a significant exception. Denying Google Maps now would be the opposite of everything Apple is already doing. It’d be an apparent move against a contender. It’d make Apple look petty and pathetic within the eyes of the many.
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Apple cannot say no.

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The iOS 6 changes to impress

The latest version of Apple’s iOS 6 has arrived and is accessible for transfer. The world’s second most well-liked mobile OS has some two hundred new options, together with many biggies, like turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions, time traffic updates, and a better Siri that launches apps, Safari and can even posts updates to Facebook and even Twitter.

The upgrade brings new goodies to the iPad mını, most notably Siri (for the 3rd-generation iPad only) and a much-needed clock app. The new iPhone 5 and iPod nano (5th generation) go with iOS 6, however alternative Apple mobile users will upgrade quickly .

Not amazingly, all of iOS 6′s new toys will not run on all iOS devices. The older versions of your iPod, iPhone, or iPad are the less possible you will get the cool new stuff.
Two examples: Map’s new Flyover tool, that provides photo-realistic 3D views of a pick cluster of major metropolitan areas, can only run on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2 or later, or the iPod nano (5th generation). And Siri is restricted to the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad , and iPod nano (5th generation). Apple’s older (but not that old) mobile devices apparently lack the processor punch for these exacting video and voice apps.

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Some iOS 6 features–such as spoken, turn-by-turn navigation, and also the ability to capture wide  photos–may seem to be yesterday’s news to several Android smartphone owners, however that is beside the point. The question is whether or not iOS could be a worthy upgrade for Apple customers, and it most definitely is. It’s free so why not; iOS users have very little to lose–except perhaps an hour of transfer time–by giving it a go.

Recent posts in Apple’s support forum show some user gripes regarding crashes and slow performance with iOS 6, several involving Wi-Fi issues on the iPhone 4S. It’s sad that the options they need are not out there on their devices. Panorama, for example, is accessible solely on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod nano (5th generation). Sadly, the bulk of iPad users (2nd and third generation) will not discover this reality until they’ve upgraded to the iOS 6.

We’ve assembled a slideshow of the ten most intriguing new options in iOS 6. Not all are perfect–and one specially (Maps) is seriously flawed. Overall, though, iOS 6 has enough new cool stuff to make Apple seem trustworthy for a while

 

 

 

Siri Extends Her Reach

Siri is smarter in iOS 6, adding the power to launch apps, post Twitter and Facebook updates, show movie reviews and showtimes, and even make dinner reservations. It’s currently out there on the 3rd-generation iPad too, a savvy move that makes a wider feature gap between Apple’s latest fiasco and it’s terrible release, the iPad 2. The new iPod nano (5th generation) gets Siri similarly. The update made for Siri is good news for iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 users. The voice-control app is much from good, of course, however it usually beats typewriting. And as Siri’s skills and accuracy increase, voice commands could ultimately become the go-to interface for several phone and tablet tasks on all smartphones.

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