I was surprised at how little time Apple Maps got in the iPhone5 launch event, but then again they had a lot to cover. Below are the features they presented. Thanks to The Verge’s live coverage! (Great artists steal right?):
Apple Has Built a Local Search Engine
“We’ve built a search engine in to find POIs — we have over 100m points of interest.”
Turn by turn directions in landscape and portait mode.
3D satellite imagery with flyover mode.
Apple Passbook: Can get boarding passes on lockscreen #cool
Siri/Yelp interface looks improved:
Now you can post to Facebook using Siri. Not sure if it will include location (e.g. “Checking out the socialist pizzas at Big Apple Pizza & Pasta”).
And that’s pretty much it. More coming when I get my hands on that damn phone.
5 Response Comments
Do you know how I will be able to list my local business on the new Apple Map? Now I have a listing in Google Places / Local but I am not sure whether it will be taken automatically to the new Apple Map.
Gabor (from Hungary)
I don’t know if there will be any submit or claim your business functions on Apple Maps at launch. We do know that Yelp, Localeze & Acxiom are some of the data providers for the business listings, so the first thing to do is to make sure that you have submitted your data to those companies.
Ya, I think I’m taking the plunge on this phone as well but I’m still torn. I’m an Android guy myself. Those 3D satellite images are sweet!
Travis Van Slooten
The 3D flyover stuff does look fun, but for me at least, it does not seem like it will be used much. I rarely use the satellite view or the Street View in Google Maps either.
Turn-by-turn directions are the killer app here IMO, or at least they are feature that has been sorely lacking in iOS.
Offline maps would be cool too. I would expect to see that in V2.
Andrew, thanks for your answer, it is very useful and greatly appreciated.