Apple Maps. Just the mention of it often sends a shudder down the spine of any longtime iPhone users. Suffice it to say, its reputation precedes it. Apple wants to remedy this, and it could start in earnest with iOS 8.
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iOS 8 could bring major improvements to Apple Maps

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Apple Maps. Just the mention of it often sends a shudder down the spine of any longtime iPhone users. Suffice it to say, its reputation precedes it, deterring many from turning to Maps as their first choice when it comes to location search and navigation. Apple wants to remedy this, and it could start in earnest with iOS 8.

While iOS 8 will likely retain the look and feel introduced with iOS 7, it should still feature plenty of changes and additions. This will likely include a Healthbook app for tracking personal fitness and wellness data, but should also see Apple Maps hopefully be made relevant once more.

Apple has been on a bit of a map-oriented acquisition spree, bringing the likes of BroadMap, Embark, HopStop, and even PrimeSense into the fold. Data gathered with the aid of these new resources will be used to enhance the Maps experience, highlighting points of interest, enabling navigation via public transportation, and perhaps even introducing some elements of augmented reality.

While the launch of Maps was plagued by issues, from grossly incorrect directions to  bugs and glitches that rendered it mostly useless, Apple has indeed turned it into a functional piece of software with subsequent updates. While the initial impression has probably kept many from giving it a second chance, it sounds like iOS 8 could change minds.

[via 9to5Mac]

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  • Mark Wheeler

    I’ve stuck with it this whole time knowing pioneers would be the ones to help fix and improve it. I have never once been misguided or lost by it though. Glad to see it’s getting better. Nothing is perfect I think they should have released it with a ” beta ” tag on it though

    • I admit I haven’t given it much of a chance since the whole launch debacle. Generally stick with Google Maps, but with so much Apple Maps integration in iOS it’s getting harder and harder to justify.

  • Donovan Shore

    Way to take the worst route ever to get to San Fran from San Jose. Is that straight up Lawrence BLVD?

    • Obviously some kinds still need to be worked out…lol

  • Craig Becker

    no reason to reinvent the wheel here. It will never be half as nice as google maps so why bother? Many other things they could be spending these resource efforts on…