When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Here’s how it works.

Apple is building Apple Maps from scratch to improve accuracy and performance

Apple's ambitions in the mapping space were not received particularly well when the company first announced Apple Maps alongside the release of iOS 6 back in 2012. What quickly followed was a flurry of backlash owing to Apple's sub-par solution, culminating in CEO Tim Cook's embarrassing recommendation that users switch to Google or Bing Maps.

Even after undergoing more than 2.5 million corrections in the next four years, Apple has still not been able to entirely redeem itself for the disastrous launch and the company has now decided to rebuild the entire product from scratch.

TechCrunch, which was given a sneak peek at the updated service by Apple, reports the revamped product will slowly roll out to users, starting with those enrolled in the iOS 12 beta. The company claims it has painstakingly collected the data itself over the years, and while only the San Francisco and Bay Area will be covered immediately, Apple plans to have all of Northern California supported by fall. The entire US will be added section-by-section by the end of the year, though that's where Apple's plans seem to stop, with no talk of improving service in other countries.

The data will come from two sources: iPhones and Apple's own mapping vans. With respect to privacy concerns regarding the former, the company assured TechCrunch it would only receive data while users' Maps app was open, and will ensure that only parts of the information are received in anonymous parcels.

Apple is also tweaking how navigation data is displayed with the upcoming update. Mapping data will no longer be as sparse and bland as before, with better colour representation for areas with vegetation, and also visual distinctions between different types of roads.

The update may finally bring Apple's offerings on par with Google's, but there is still a long way to go before the Cupertino giant can pose as a serious contender to Google's dominance in navigation technology.

Source: TechCrunch via The Verge | Images via TechCrunch

Report a problem with article
Next Article

Facebook gives admins more power over the groups they control on WhatsApp

Previous Article

Pay What You Want or beat the average for this Ultimate White Hat Hacker Bundle

Join the conversation!

Login or Sign Up to read and post a comment.

35 Comments - Add comment