Google will finally have strong contender to its Google Maps from its known competitor, Apple in form of Apple Maps. From being at the center of jokes by the Tech geeks, Apple has come a long way. Plying of satellites fitted vehicle, iCar by Apple across cities in US witnessed by city dwellers hinted at its dedicated effort towards offering better direction solution to its users.
Outcome of years endeavor
Apple has heavily invested in accumulating resources to update its information. It has built a strong database on locations, various public transit systems, biking and driving routes in and around the cities. To offer better results to the Apple users, technically advanced direction search option has been included. Going by the reviews of beta version of iOS 9, features of Apple Map seem to be promising. The company has paid fair attention to fetching of information about nearby places of interest. For example while searching for a route between two points, once a user clicks on one of the points, the Apple app shows information about the eateries and places of interest in the vicinity.
Integration of Apple Siri services
Apple is taking the best use of most advanced feature, Apple Siri. It further expands the public transport options for the users. Integration of Proactive Assistant makes it more useful by helping the users to reach destination using voice assisted direction. Apple users get to know the estimated wait time for the next train or bus, much beyond the ordinary routes. Excellent 3-D display of destinations makes it more interesting for the users.
With acquisition of direction and mapping companies like Citymapper and many public-transit apps, Apple claims to offer more reliable directional information than yesteryears. Apple covers major cities across the globe and is ambitiously planning to expand its reach further. Apple also adds a veil of anonymity to prevent users’ privacy from being exposed to internet users.
Though there have been bugs reported with beta version but with the launch of beta version iOS 9, Apple has showcased its sincere effort to offer a stronger competitor to Google Maps. When the final iOS 9 is released this September, minor bugs like incorrect portrayal of streets sometimes will definitely be taken care of.