This is a story of redemption. It’s also the story of acceptance. And it’s partly a story of not giving a rat’s bottom about which app you go to for your maps. Apple certainly cared where its users got their location apps when it launched Apple Maps back in 2012. With geological renderings of wonder, mislabeled roads and points of interest and, for the longest time, a lack of basic transit directions, it’s a wonder how Apple Maps came to be chosen over Google Maps for iOS users.
That’s what Apple is reporting. Specifically, its app handles 5 billion [...]
Third-party providers have app after app after app for consumers to tap into to know when their bus, train, trolley, ferry, gondola and/or teleporter in thousands of cities across ten continents and a couple of galaxies on — and this is more important than sarcasm — almost all major mobile operating platforms. Native apps, too.
In 2015, Apple has rolled out transit directions to 10 cities and several systems in China.
The roster has now jumped up by one city: Boston. It won’t make the Red Line any more tolerable in rush hours, but at least, for iPhone users, [...]
Nearly three years ago, Apple released its Maps app. Prior to September of 2012, Google Maps was shipped on every iPhone. But with Google beginning to amp up its own mobile platform efforts at the time, it was clear time that a break had to happen between the two tech behemoths. No competition has its players hold their hands along the way.
And so came Apple Maps to much fanfare and much hilarity. Sad but true that Apple couldn’t seem to recognize bridges from mountains and oceans from roadways.
Since then, it’s had time to make back its ground and improve [...]